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Int J Clin Pract. 2007 Feb;61(2):309-14.

Robotic assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy: a review of the current state of affairs.

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  • 1Centre for Robotic Urologic Surgery, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA.


Open retropubic radical prostatectomy is the gold standard treatment for localised prostate cancer. However, the procedure has inherent morbidity associated to it. Therefore, less invasive surgical techniques have been sought, one such alternative is robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy. The advantages provided by robotic technology have the potential to minimise patient morbidity while improving both functional and oncological outcomes. Although it is a recent technological advancement, robotic surgery has shown an increasing rate of adoption worldwide. Currently more than 30,000 patients have undergone this procedure worldwide. We present a review of the available literature on robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy.

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