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Prostate surgery with robotic assistance may cause less impotence and incontinence than laparoscopic surgery, according to a small Italian study.

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Robot assisted prostate surgery may lower rates of urinary incontinence and post-surgery impotence when compared with minimally invasive laparoscopy, according to a small Italian study.

The study only comprised 120 patients who were randomized to receive a prostatectomy with either an unnamed robot assistant or with tiny tools manipulated by hand. All surgeries were performed by a single surgeon.

Researchers looked at continence rates in the men at 1, 3, 6 and 12 months following surgery and at every point continence rates were higher among the men who had received robot-assisted prostatectomy, according to the authors.

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