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Title: Patient outcomes in the acute recovery phase following robotic-assisted prostate surgery: a prospective study.
Epworth Authors: Botti, Mari
Beale, Elizabeth
Costello, Anthony
Crowe, Helen
Other Authors: Watts, Rosemary
Keywords: Prostatectomy
Urologic Surgery
Prostate Cancer
Robotic-Assisted surgery
Robotic Assisted Radical Prostatectomy
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Treatment Outcome
Acute Recovery
Length of Stay
Transurethral Catheter Duration
Centre for Clinical Nursing Research, Epworth HealthCare
Issue Date: Apr-2009
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Int J Nurs Stud. 2009 Apr;46(4):442-9.
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Robotic-assisted minimally invasive urologic surgery was developed to minimise surgical trauma resulting in quicker recovery. It has many potential benefits for patients with localised prostate cancer over traditional surgical techniques without taking a risk with the oncological result. OBJECTIVES: To report the specific surgical outcomes for the first Australian cohort of patients with localised prostate cancer that had undergone robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) surgery. The outcomes represent the acute (in-hospital) recovery phase and include pain, length of stay (LOS), urinary catheter management and wound management. METHODS: Prospective descriptive survey of 214 consecutive patients admitted to a large metropolitan private hospital in Melbourne, Australia between December 2003 and June 2005. Patients had undergone RARP surgery for localised prostate cancer. Data were collected from the medical records and through interview at the time of discharge. Descriptive statistics were used to describe the frequency and proportion of outcomes. Patient characteristics were tabulated using cross tabulation frequency distribution and measures of central tendency. RESULTS: The findings from this study are highly encouraging when compared to outcomes associated with traditional surgical techniques. Transurethral catheter duration (median 7 days (IQ range 2)) and LOS (median 3 days (IQ range 2)) were considerably reduced. While operation time (median 3.30 h (IQ range 1.07)) was marginally reduced we would expect a further reduction as the surgical team becomes more skilled. CONCLUSION: The findings from this study contribute to building a comprehensive picture of patient outcomes in the acute (in-hospital) recovery phase for a cohort of Australian patients who have undergone RARP surgery for localised prostate cancer. As such, these findings will provide valuable information with which to plan care for patients' who undergo robotic-assisted surgery.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2007.07.010
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ISSN: 0020-7489
Journal Title: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: Department of Urology, University of Melbourne, Australia
Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Prospective Study
Appears in Collections:Cancer Services
Epworth Prostate Centre
UroRenal, Vascular

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