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Laparoscopic Prostatectomy and Pelvic Lymph Node Dissection

  • Itay Sternberg
  • Guilherme Maia
  • Abdelkarim Touijer
  • Bertrand D. Guillonneau
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Abstract

Radical prostatectomy is one of the most challenging operations in urology: it is all together a cancer treatment for which a suboptimal surgery may lead to late cancer recurrence that will impair overall life expectancy and a functional procedure whose suboptimal care will impact patient’s quality of life infinitively. In this sense, radical prostatectomy is highly dependent on the expertise and experience of the surgeon. Laparoscopic approach was thought to improve both functional and possibly oncologic outcomes. With more than 15 years of follow-up, one can state that for well-trained surgeon, results are comparable to those obtained by well-experienced open surgeon, with some clear benefits in terms of perioperative bleeding, convalescence, and bladder neck stenosis. For these reasons, laparoscopic surgery, with or without robotic assistance, will continue to spread into the urologic community. But this development should be accompanied within a comprehensive training program; otherwise, the benefits will be counterbalanced by unacceptable rate of complications, definitive functional side effects, and cancer recurrence.

Keywords

Radical Prostatectomy Estimate Blood Loss Erectile Function Positive Surgical Margin Pelvic Lymph Node Dissection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Itay Sternberg
    • 1
  • Guilherme Maia
    • 2
  • Abdelkarim Touijer
    • 1
  • Bertrand D. Guillonneau
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of UrologyMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of UrologyDiaconesses-Croix St. Simon HospitalParisFrance

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