Predictive factors for opioid-free management after robotic radical prostatectomy: The value of the SP® robotic platform

Guilherme Sawczyn, Louis Lenfant, Alireza Aminsharifi, Soodong Kim, Jihad Kaouk

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Background: The aim of this study was to evaluate perioperative factors associated with opioid-free management after robotic radical prostatectomy in a single institution. Methods: From January 2019 to January 2020, data from patients who underwent robotic radical prostatectomy was retrospectively entered in a preapproved IRB database. Data were analyzed according to the postoperative opioid administration in hospital and/or after discharge. Robotic radical prostatectomy was performed using either the standard multi-port Da Vinci Si robotic platform with a transperitoneal approach (MP-RALP) or the novel DaVinci SP® robotic platform (Intuitive Surgical, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, USA) with an extraperitoneal approach (SP-EPP). Patients undergoing minimally invasive surgery were included in the "enhanced recovery after surgery"(ERAS) protocol regardless of the surgery approach. Results: During the study period, 210 patients matched the selection criteria. Of those, 158(75%) patients received opioids during the hospital stay or after discharge and 52(25%) patients never received opioids. SP-EPP surgical approach and shorter LOS were predictors of never receiving opioids (Odds Ratio [OR]=4.97, (95% CI1.81-14.77, P=0.002 and OR=0.56, CI95% 0.35-0.86, P=0.011, respectively). SP-EPP surgical approach was increasing the odds of remaining opioid free whether in-hospital or after discharge (OR= 11.97, 95% CI4.8-32, P<0.0001 and OR=11.6, 95% CI4.6- 31, P<0.0001, respectively). Finally, a high BMI increased the odds of receiving opioid in hospital or after discharge (OR=0.89, 95% CI0.82-0.96, P=0.003 and OR=0.89, 95% CI0.82-0.96, P=0.002, respectively). Conclusions: In this series, after robotic radical prostatectomy the use of a less invasive approach (SP-EPP), a shorter LOS and a lower BMI, were predictive of opioid-free status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)591-599
Number of pages9
JournalMinerva Urology and Nephrology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nephrology
  • Urology
  • General Medicine


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