Robot-assisted vs pure laparoscopic radical prostatectomy: Are there any differences?

University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, United States
BJU International (Impact Factor: 3.53). 08/2005; 96(1):39-42. DOI: 10.1111/j.1464-410X.2005.05563.x
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To compare our experience of pure laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (LRP) with robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RAP).
The two techniques were compared retrospectively in 100 patients with localized prostate cancer who had LRP or RAP (50 each). Both groups were similar in age, serum prostate-specific antigen level, Gleason score and clinical stage. Their charts were reviewed, collating intraoperative data and early functional outcome.
The mean surgical time for LRP and RAP was 235 and 202 min (P > 0.05) and mean (95% confidence interval) blood loss 299 (40) and 206 (63) mL (P = 0.014), with no transfusions in either group. The positive margin rate did not differ significantly (14% LRP and 12% RAP) and there was no biochemical recurrence in either group. Early functional outcomes were similar.
Both LRP and RAP are technically demanding, but feasible, with the patient clearly benefiting. There were no major surgical differences between the techniques, but RAP is more costly.

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    • "At present there are several definitive surgical options for managing clinically localized prostate cancer, including radical retropubic prostatectomy (RRP), laparoscopic RP (LRP), and robot-assisted RP (RALP). Nowadays, robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALP) is spreading worldwide (Menon et al., 2004; Joseph et al., 2005; Rozet et al., 2007; Hakimi et al., 2009). However, RALP needs five to seven ports and one 4-5cm wound is necessary. "
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    • "Urinary and bowel problems Joseph et al. (2005) found little difference in urinary and bowels problems between surgical modalities. It is unclear in our study, why men undergoing RALP appeared to have fewer such problems. "
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: To compare patient reported outcomes between robotic assisted surgery and non-robotic assisted surgery. Methods: This was an international web-based survey based on a qualitative research and literature review, an internet-based questionnaire was developed with approximately 70 items. The questionnaire included both closed and open-ended questions. Results: Responses were received from 193 men of whom 86 had received either open (OP) or robotic (RALP) surgery. A statistically significant (p=0.027), ranked analysis of covariance was found demonstrating higher recent distress in the robotic (RALP) surgery group. Although not statistically significant, there was a pattern of men having robotic (RALP) surgery reporting fewer urinary and bowel problems, but having a greater rate of sexual dysfunction. Conclusions: Men who opt for robotic surgery may have higher expectations for robotic (RALP) surgery, when these expectations are not fully met they may be less likely to accept the consequences of this major cancer surgery. Information regarding surgical choice needs to be tailored to ensure that men diagnosed with prostate cancer are fully informed of not only short term surgical and physical outcomes such as erectile dysfunction and incontinence, but also of potential issues with regards to masculinity, lifestyle and sexual health.
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    • "In previous studies that compared ORP with LRP or RARP, the rate of occurrence of BNC from LRP or RARP was reported to be lower than that from ORP [8,9,18]. The magnification of visualization and excellent movement of the device inside the narrow pelvic cavity in LRP and RARP enables the surgeon to more easily and effectively conduct VUA, and the running suture technique for VUA could be helpful for decreasing the rate of urinary leakage. "
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