Predictors of positive surgical margins at open and robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy: a single surgeon series.
Mahesha Weerakoon, Shomik Sengupta, Kapil Sethi, Joseph Ischia, David R Webb
J Robot Surg | Published : 2012
Robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALRP), increasingly used to treat localized prostate cancer, has advantages over open radical prostatectomy (ORP) in terms of reduced bleeding and quicker convalescence. However, debate continues over whether RALRP provides superior or at least equivalent surgical outcomes. This study compares positive surgical margins (+SM), as a surrogate for long-term cancer control, at RALRP and ORP performed by a single experienced surgeon during the process of taking up RALRP. 400 consecutive patients undergoing surgery for prostate cancer under a single surgeon (DW) between November 1999 and July 2009 were studied. Prior to July 2005, all patients un..View full abstract