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Eur Urol. 2005 Jun;47(6):780-4. Epub 2005 Apr 11.

Laparoscopic assisted radical cystectomy: the montsouris experience after 84 cases.

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  • 1Department of Urology, Institut Montsouris, Université René Descartes, Paris 5, France.



Radical cystectomy is the gold standard treatment for transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder, and the laparoscopic approach is currently being evaluated worldwide. We report our preliminary results of this laparoscopic surgical approach.


Between May 2001 and February 2005, we have performed a total of 84 laparoscopic assisted prostatocystectomies or cystectomies for transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder on 71 male and 13 female patients. The 2002 TNM staging for these tumors were: pTa-1: 13 cases; pT2: 59 cases; pT3: 11 cases; pT4: 1 case. Technical aspects are described and the initial results are reported.


The median operating time was 280 min. The median blood loss was 550 cc with a transfusion rate of 5%. There has been no conversion to an open technique.


No death, one pulmonary embolism, two urinary fistulas, three haematomas, one pyelonephritis. ONCOLOGICAL RESULTS: The pathology reports confirmed that all the surgical margins were free of tumor invasion. After 18 months of follow up no trocar seeding was observed.


Laparoscopic assisted cystectomy is a feasible technique which results in decreased bleeding and less postoperative pain. Long term follow-up is needed to confirm the oncologic outcomes.

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