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  • Robot assisted radical prostatectomy: how I do it. Part II: surgical technique

    Valdivieso F. Roger , Hueber Pierre-Alain , Zorn C. Kevin, MD Hopital St. Luc Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    The introduction of the "da Vinci Robotic Surgical System" (Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, CA, USA) has been an important step towards a minimally invasive approach to radical prostatectomy. Technologic peculiarities, such as three-dimensional vision, wristed instrumentation with seven degrees of freedom of motion, lack of tremor, a 10x-magnification and a comfortable seated position for the surgeon has added value to the procedure for the surgeon and the patient. In this article, we describe the 9 step surgical technique for robot assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) that is currently used in our institution (University of Montreal Hospital Center (CHUM) - Hopital St-Luc). We use the four-arm da Vinci Surgical System. Our experience with RARP is now over 250 cases with the senior surgeon having performed over 1200 RARPs and we have continually refined our technique to improve patient outcomes.

    Keywords: surgical techniques, prostate cancer, robot assisted radical prostatectomy,

    Dec 2013 (Vol. 20, Issue 6 , Page 7073)
  • Robot assisted radical prostatectomy: how I do it. Part I: patient preparation and positioning

    Valdivieso F. Roger , Hueber Pierre-Alain , Zorn C. Kevin, MD University of Montreal Hospital Center (CHUM)-Hopital St. Luc, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Radical prostatectomy remains the standard treatment for long term cure of clinically localized prostate cancer, offering excellent oncologic outcomes, with cancer-specific survival approaching 95% at 15 years after surgery. The introduction of the `da Vinci Robotic Surgical System` (Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, CA, USA) has been another important step toward a minimally invasive approach to radical prostatectomy. Technologic peculiarities, such as three-dimensional vision, wristed instrumentation with seven degrees of freedom of motion, lack of tremor, a 10x-magnification and a comfortable seated position for the surgeon has added value to the surgeon and patient. In this first part of a two article series, we describe preoperative patient preparation and positioning protocols for robot assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) that are currently used in our institution (University of Montreal Hospital Center (CHUM) – Hopital St-Luc). We use the four-arm da Vinci Si Surgical System. Our experience with RARP is now over 250 cases with the senior surgeon having performed over 1200 RARPs and we have continually refined our technique to improve patient outcomes.

    Keywords: surgical techniques, prostate cancer, robot assisted radical prostatectomy,

    Oct 2013 (Vol. 20, Issue 5 , Page 6957)
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