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Rising Eye Injury Rates Seen With Robotic Prostate Surgery

TUESDAY, Oct. 16 (HealthDay News) — The number of eye injuries associated with robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy — complete removal of the prostate — increased nearly tenfold in the United States between 2000 and 2009, although the risk was still small, a new study finds.

During that time, the incidence rate of eye injuries rose from 0.07 percent to 0.42 percent, according to the review of more than 136,000 such procedures. Most of the injuries involved corneal abrasion, or scratching of the eye surface.

While undergoing robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy, patients are positioned head-down and are at risk for facial swelling, arm injuries, as well as corneal or other eye injuries, the researchers explained.

Read the entire Article here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_130326.html

 

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