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Robot-assisted laparoscopy in urology. Radical prostatectomy and reconstructive retroperitoneal interventions

Robot-assisted laparoscopy in urology. Radical prostatectomy and reconstructive retroperitoneal interventions

Der Urologe. Ausg. a 41(2): 144-149

Complex reconstructive laparoscopic procedures in the field of urology such as radical prostatectomy and pyeloplasty have attracted increased attention in the past 2 years. However, extensive laparoscopic experience is required to master these procedures. Therefore, it remains questionable whether these techniques, which have been shown to be of profit to the patient in the hands of a specialist, will achieve widespread distribution. We have employed computer technology to bridge the gap between open surgery and laparoscopic access and used the daVinci Surgical System to establish laparoscopic radical prostatectomy as well as pyeloplasty and other retroperitoneal procedures at our institution. With experience of more than 70 procedures, we find that with the assistance of the daVinci Surgical System both radical prostatectomy and retroperiteoneal procedures can be easily translated from open to minimally invasive procedures with a considerably shorter learning curve and without compromising patient safety. We expect that large incisions will be soon a thing of the past in urologic surgery. Computer technology, together with mechanical engineering, will play a major role in enabling us to achieve better results despite minimal invasiveness.

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