Outcomes of robot-assisted radical prostatectomy in men with previous transurethral resection of prostate

Narmada P. Gupta, Prabhjot Singh, Rishi Nayyar

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OBJECTIVE To critically analyze and compare surgical, oncological and functional outcomes of robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) in patients with and without previous transurethral resection of prostate (TURP). PATIENTS AND METHODS The study comprised 158 cases of RARP for clinically localized prostate cancer, including 26 cases that had undergone previous TURP (Group A). Surgical, oncological and functional (short- and intermediate-term) outcomes of Group A were compared with 132 cases without previous TURP (Group B). RESULTS Post TURP patients were found to have significantly greater blood loss (494 vs 324 mL) and a need for bladder neck reconstruction (26.7% vs 9.7%) compared to the non-TURP group. Surgical time (189 vs 166 min), conversion rate, margin positivity rate and biochemical recurrence rate were also higher. Incontinence rates were higher both at 6 (14% vs 11.8%) and 12 (25% vs 8%) months follow-up. CONCLUSIONS RARP is feasible but challenging after TURP. It entails a longer operating time, greater operative difficulty and compromised oncological or continence outcomes. These cases should be handled by an experienced robotic surgeon with the appropriate expertise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1501-1505
Number of pages5
JournalBJU International
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Urology

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