Here is one article:jco.ascopubs.org/content/26/14/2278.long
I don't think this one actually reports risks of incontinence or ED; it does discuss surgical complications.
Oh, this must be the followup article, which does:jama.ama-assn.org/content/302/14/1557
This is a population based study, that is, it looks at a randomly chose portion of a whole population getting treated, in this case, Medicare patients from 2003 to 2007. It is affected by the fact that the treatments are not randomly chosen, and it includes all procedures regardless of the skill and experience of the surgeon. It doesn't show what happens under the best possible circumstances, but it is a snapshot of what is happening out in the real world. It is funded by a Dept of Defense training grant, so that should not be a source of bias. It's published in a major medical journal.
This seems like a good study that raises concerns that in everyday practice, around the US, robotic surgery during the years 2003-07 led to a higher percentage of ED and incontinence complications.
Post Edited (Postop) : 2/28/2011 11:28:32 AM (GMT-7)