There have been no previous reports of post-chemotherapy robotic bilateral retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND) using a single-dock technique. One deterrent of robotic RPLND is that accessing bilateral retroperitoneal spaces requires patient reposition and surgical robot redocking, therefore increasing operative time. Herein we provide the first step-by-step description of a single-dock technique for robotic bilateral RPLND in the post-chemotherapy setting. We describe port placement and technique for robot positioning to optimize access to bilateral retroperitoneal spaces with a single dock. We also demonstrate the feasibility of sparing the inferior mesenteric artery when utilizing this approach. This single-dock approach was used on two patients at our institution who had residual paracaval masses following chemotherapy for metastatic testicular cancer. Mean operative time was 6 h, and neither patient had significant blood loss or suffered from any peri-operative complications.
Robotic surgery Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection Testicular cancer Surgical techniques
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Alvin C. Goh is a proctor for Intuitive Surgical. Samit D. Soni, and Thomas E. Stout declare that they have no conflict of interest.
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
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