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Eur Urol. 2006 Feb;49(2):344-52. Epub 2006 Jan 4.

Nerve sparing laparoscopic radical prostatectomy: our technique.

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  • 1Department of Urology, Clinique St. Augustin, Bordeaux, France.



To describe our technique of nerve sparing laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (LRP). We present the oncological and functional results (potency and urinary continence).


LRP has become standard at our institution based on experience with more than 2800 consecutive cases operated on between 1997 and 2005. From May 2003 to March 2005 a total of 677 LRP were performed, 425 consecutive patients candidates for a nerve sparing technique have been operated using the intrafascial approach. The challenge of our technique is to remove the prostate without any thermic and mechanic traumatism, avoiding dissection of outer layer. Oncological data were assessed by pathological examination and post-operative PSA level. Functional results were assessed with a self questionnaire.


By pathological stage, 2 pT2a specimens (7.4%), 7 pT2b specimens (21%), 44 pT2c specimens (24%), 63 pT3a specimens (43%), 11 pT3b specimens (46%) were found to have positive surgical margins (SMs). In 86 specimen (59%) positive SMs were focal inframillimetric. Median follow-up was 11 months (range 1-22). The continence rate (no leakage/no pad) was 95% at 6 months, confirmed at 12 months among 202 patients. For 137 patients, potency rate was 58.5% at 12 months.


Intrafascial LRP provides satisfactory results in regard to recovery of continence and sexual function. Long-term progression and survival outcome are necessary before this procedure should be offered as a replacement for interfascial nerve sparing technique.

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