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Title: Robotic assisted radical prostatectomy versus open retropubic radical prostatectomy: where do we stand in 2015?
Epworth Authors: Murphy, Declan
Lawrentschuk, Nathan
Moon, Daniel
Frydenberg, Mark
Keywords: Prostate Cancer
Robotic Assisted Radical Prostatectomy
Open Radical Prostatectomy
Robotic Surgery
Surgical Techniques
Functional Outcomes
Cancer Outcomes
Epworth Prostate Centre , Epworth Healthcare, Victoria, Australia
UroRenal, Vascular Clinical Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Nov-2015
Publisher: Cancer Council Australia
Citation: Cancer Forum, Vol. 39, No. 3, Nov 2015: 173-177
Abstract: Robotic assisted radical prostatectomy has emerged as the dominant surgical technique for the management of localised prostate cancer in many Western countries. Yet the evidence to support such a radical change in surgical technique has been limited and of poor quality, with the driver of the change initially being aggressive marketing, followed by hospital and urologist competition, and lastly by patients themselves who perceive robotic assisted radical prostatectomy to be the better technique. A critical review of the contemporary literature would suggest that robotic assisted radical prostatectomy may indeed have benefits over traditional open surgery in the areas of length of inpatient stay, perioperative complications and transfusion rates. However, the important parameters of cancer control, continence and potency outcomes appear largely equivalent between the techniques and more determined by surgeon and hospital experience, and patient characteristics, with the advantages of robotic surgery coming at increased cost. There is no question that robotic assisted radical prostatectomy is already widely disseminated and this trend is irreversible regardless of the outcomes of future studies. This however, does pose challenges regarding training in centres that do not have access to robotic technology, credentialing requirements for transitioning open surgeons and maintenance of open skills where robotic assisted radical prostatectomy cannot be performed.
Description: Part of Prostate Cancer edition of Cancer Forum.
ISSN: 0311-306X
Journal Title: Cancer Forum
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
University of Melbourne, Department of Surgery, Austin Hospital, Melbourne,
University of Melbourne, Division of Cancer Surgery, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Melbourne, Australia
Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, Austin Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Department of Urology, Monash Health, Melbourne, Australia.
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Review
Appears in Collections:Cancer Services
Epworth Prostate Centre
UroRenal, Vascular

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