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Return to work after robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy versus radical retro-pubic prostatectomy
Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Apr  2019 (Vol.  26, Issue  2, Pages( 9708 - 9714)
PMID: 31012834


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    We compared the return-to-work interval (RTWI) after radical retro-pubic prostatectomy (RRP) and robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) in men being treated for early-stage prostate cancer.


    We mailed a 28-item questionnaire to a random sample of 2,696 patients who either had RRP from 1995 to 2004 or RALP from 2004 to 2011.


    We received analyzable questionnaires from 315 patients; 178 had RALP and 137 had RPP. The median RTWI was shorter in the RALP group than in the RRP group (3 versus 4 weeks, p = .016). The percent of subjects who had not returned to work 4 weeks after surgery was 23.6% for RALP and 38.2% for RRP (p = .010). In multivariate regression analysis, surgical approach was a significant predictor of RTWI independent of other social/clinical variables that were associated with either surgical approach or RTWI (p = .014).


    Our data support a shortening of RTWI by RALP.