Cost analysis of open radical cystectomy versus robot-assisted radical cystectomy

Chinedu O. Mmeje, Aaron D. Martin, Rafael Nunez-Nateras, Alexander S. Parker, David D. Thiel, Erik P. Castle

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Bladder cancer is the fourth and ninth most common malignancy in males and females, respectively, in the U.S. and one of the most costly cancers to manage. With the current economic condition, physicians will need to become more aware of cost-effective therapies for the treatment of various malignancies. Robot-assisted radical cystectomy (RARC) is the latest minimally invasive surgical option for muscle-invasive bladder cancer. Current reports have shown less blood loss, a shorter hospital stay, and a lower morbidity with RARC, as compared with the traditional open radical cystectomy (ORC), although long-term oncologic results of RARC are still maturing. There are few studies that have assessed the cost outcomes of RARC as compared with ORC. Currently, ORC appears to offer a direct cost advantage due to the high purchase and maintenance cost of the robotic platform, although when the indirect costs of complications and extended hospital stay with ORC are considered, RARC may be less expensive than the traditional open procedure. In order to accurately evaluate the cost effectiveness of RARC versus ORC, prospective randomized trials between the two surgical techniques with long-term oncologic efficacy are needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-31
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent urology reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2013


  • Bladder cancer
  • Cost analysis
  • Cost-effective analysis (CEA)
  • Open radical cystectomy
  • Robot
  • Robot-assisted radical cystectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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