From Medpage Today: Similar Costs for Robotic, Open Mitral Valve Fix
The median length of stay in the hospital was consistently shorter in the robot-assisted group than in the open group (about 3.5 versus 5.3 days).
"Considering that the total hospital cost of robotic mitral valve repair is now similar to that of standard therapy, and that robotic repair also expedites transition from the ICU and hospital discharge, an opportunity exists to improve value in surgical care delivery using technical (robotic) innovation," the authors wrote.
My comment....... It seems like most Mitral Valve Repair should be done via DaVinci. Equal cost equal cost, faster recovery, less trauma; whats not to like?