Journal article

Robotic Equipment Malfunction During Robotic Prostatectomy: A Multi-institutional Study

Hugh J Lavery, Rahul Thaly, David Albala, Thomas Ahlering, Arieh Shalhav, David Lee, Randy Fagin, Peter Wiklund, Prokar Dasgupta, Anthony J Costello, Ashutosh Tewari, Geoff Coughlin, Vipul R Patel

JOURNAL OF ENDOUROLOGY | MARY ANN LIEBERT INC | Published : 2008

Abstract

PURPOSE: Robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) is growing in popularity as a treatment option for prostate cancer. As a new technology, little is known regarding the reliability of the da Vinci robotic system. Intraoperative robotic equipment malfunction may force the surgeon to convert the procedure to an open or pure laparoscopic procedure, or possibly even abort the procedure. We report the first large-scale, multi-institutional review of robotic equipment malfunction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A questionnaire was designed to evaluate the rate of perioperative robotic malfunction during RALP. High-volume, experienced surgeons were asked to complete this evaluation based on the a..

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