The international surgical journal with global reach

This is the Scientific Surgery Archive, which contains all randomized clinical trials in surgery that have been identified by searching the top 50 English language medical journal issues since January 1998. Compiled by Jonothan J. Earnshaw, former Editor-in-Chief, BJS

Robotic inguinal vs transabdominal laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair. The RIVAL randomized clinical trial. JAMA Surg 2020; 155: 380-387.

Published: 7th April 2021

Authors: Prabhu A, Carbonell A, Hope W, Warren J, Higgins R, Jacob B et al.


This study that included 102 patients found no differences in the clinical outcomes between the two methods. Robotic hernia repair took a little longer (75.5 versus 40.5 min, P<0.001) and was more expensive ($3258 versus $1421, P<0.001).

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