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Robotic Radical Prostatectomy: Transperitoneal Access

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We found the mini-invasive approach for prostate cancer interesting and promising immediately after the first reports on its feasibility. While experience was still limited in Europe, we performed the first laparoscopic prostatectomies in Switzerland in March 1999. At this time, we used the trans-abdominal access as described by the team of Moutsouris in Paris [1]: opening of the peritoneum into the Douglas pouch to start with the dissection of the seminal vesicles, and then a second incision, in an inverted U shape from the deep inguinal orifice to the other, to lower the bladder and gain access to the anterior face of the prostate; then, dissection of the prostate from the bladder neck to the apex in an antegrade manner.

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Rochat, CH., Sauvain, J. (2008). Robotic Radical Prostatectomy: Transperitoneal Access. In: John, H., Wiklund, P. (eds) Robotic Urology. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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