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According to a new study, robot-assisted radical prostatectomies now outnumber other forms of prostate cancer surgery in the United States. Nearly 61 percent of prostatectomies were performed by robotic devices between 2008 and 2009.

What's more, robotic prostate surgery appears to have fewer complications and shorter hospital stays than traditional open prostatectomies, according to the lead researcher, Dr. Quoc-Dien Trinh, of Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Health System, in Detroit. He reported his finding at the European Association of Urology 27th Annual Congress, in Paris.

The procedure has grown exponentially in recent years - from 9 percent of prostatectomies  in 2003 to 61 percent, according to Medscape Medical News. In robot-assisted surgery, a surgeon operates mechanical arms to make smaller, more precise incisions. The first robot-assisted prostate surgery was performed only in 2000.

Learn more about robot-assisted surgery at About.com.

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