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Yonsei Med J. 2009 Apr 30;50(2):177-81. doi: 10.3349/ymj.2009.50.2.177.

Robotic prostatectomy: what we have learned and where we are going.

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Division of Urology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA. david.lee@uphs.upenn.edu

Abstract

Radical prostatectomy became a mainstay of treatment for prostate cancer in the United States after the pioneering work of Walsh in defining the nerve sparing technique. Efforts to reproduce this operation in a minimally invasive fashion resulted in slow progress that recently have flourished with the application of the daVinci Surgical System (Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, CA, USA) by Menon and colleagues. This article summarizes the origins of robotic prostatectomy, some of the current data regarding this operation and potential future directions.

KEYWORDS:

Robotic surgery; laparoscopy; minimally invasive surgery; prostate cancer; prostatectomy

PMID:
19430547
PMCID:
PMC2678689
DOI:
10.3349/ymj.2009.50.2.177
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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