Minimally invasive surgery for prostate cancer is marketed as a more precise way to remove the prostate with shorter recovery times and fewer complications than open surgery. But a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that older men who get minimally invasive prostatectomies are also more likely to be diagnosed with incontinence and impotence.
The findings suggest the benefits of less-invasive surgery may have been oversold, said lead author Dr. Jim Hu of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "There has been rapid adoption of minimally invasive radical prostatectomy, however, outcomes have not been superior," Hu said.
Minimally invasive prostate surgery carries risks, study says