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Challenges and opportunities in prostate cancer surgery in South America: Insights into robot-assisted radical prostatectomies-A perspective.

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Bharadwaj, Hareesha Rishab 
Wireko, Andrew Awuah  ORCID logo
Adebusoye, Favour Tope  ORCID logo
Ferreira, Tomas 
Pacheco-Barrios, Niels 


BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Prostate cancer imposes a significant health burden, particularly in South America with its high incidence and mortality rates. This article explores the emergence of robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) as a potential solution in the region. METHODS: This study relies on a comprehensive review of relevant literature. The analysis highlights the advantages of RARP, identifies impediments to its implementation, and proposes strategies to overcome these barriers. RESULTS: RARP demonstrates notable benefits, including improved functional outcomes, reduced complications, and minimized incisions. However, the integration of RARP in South America is hindered by challenges such as regional disparities, financial limitations, and data gaps. Limited healthcare infrastructure and a scarcity of skilled professionals further compound the issues. CONCLUSION: Despite its potential, RARP faces obstacles to widespread adoption in South America. Strategic solutions encompassing technology investment, healthcare infrastructure enhancement, and workforce training are imperative. Overcoming these challenges can establish RARP as a crucial tool in managing prostate cancer in the region, ultimately enhancing patient care and treatment outcomes.



South America, global surgery, prostate cancer, robotic surgery, robot‐assisted radical prostatectomy

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