Current role of salvage robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy.
AuthorWetherell, D; Bolton, D; Kavanagh, L; Perera, M
Source TitleWorld Journal of Urology
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC
AffiliationMedicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences
Surgery (Austin & Northern Health)
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsWetherell, D., Bolton, D., Kavanagh, L. & Perera, M. (2013). Current role of salvage robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy.. World J Urol, 31 (3), pp.463-469. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00345-013-1025-3.
Access StatusOpen Access
OBJECTIVES: Salvage Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy (sRALP) is a treatment option for biochemical recurrence (BCR) in prostate cancer. It is a new and presently uncommonly performed procedure, which may be technically challenging. We aim to summarise the current literature regarding sRALP with specific reference to patient selection, complications and peri-operative functional and oncological outcomes. METHODS: A comprehensive and critical review of all peer-reviewed publications regarding sRALP. RESULTS: Within the body of literature, we identified six low-volume case-series studies analysing outcomes of sRALP. Overall, peri-operative outcomes were encouraging with low complication rates and estimated blood loss (EBL) equivocal to open and laparoscopic salvage radical prostatectomy (sRP). Long-term follow-up for functional and oncological outcomes was limited. From the limited follow-up data, the current sRALP studies show similar BCR compared to large-volume open sRP series. Potency outcomes were poor post-sRALP. CONCLUSIONS: Salvage Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy is a technically feasible operation with a low risk of significant associated complications. Robotic technology can aid the surgeon in salvage prostatectomy. Data on functional and oncological outcomes lack long-term information but initial results are encouraging. Larger series with longer follow-up periods are necessary to draw significant conclusions about the efficacy of sRALP.
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