Turkish Journal of Urology
ENDOUROLOGY - Original Article

Day-case robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery: Feasibility and safety


Department of Genitourinary Surgery, Apollo Main Hospital, Chennai, India


Department of Anesthesiology, Apollo Main Hospital, Chennai, India


Oncologist and Robotic Surgery, Apollo Hospitals and Apollo Proton Cancer Center, Chennai, India

Turk J Urol 2021; 47: 30-34
DOI: 10.5152/tud.2020.20414
Read: 210 Downloads: 18 Published: 30 October 2020

Objective: The delivery of surgical services has undergone a shift in the past decade with increasing numbers of surgeries being performed in the daycare setting. Implementing a minimally invasive surgical approach with a robot with an enhanced recovery protocol permits robot-assisted laparoscopic surgeries (RALS) to be performed as a day-case (DC) procedure. This study aimed to assess the feasibility and safety of DC surgery according to our experience.

Material and methods: In this prospective observational study, 43 patients underwent DC RALS performed by a single surgeon over 18 months [simple nephrectomy (n=7), radical nephrectomy (n=15), radical nephrectomy with para-aortic lymphadenectomy (n=5), and adrenalectomy (n=5)]. In addition, reconstructive urological procedures that included pyeloplasty (n=9), ureteroureterostomy (n=1), and bladder diverticulectomy with ureteric re-implantation (n=1) were performed as DC surgeries during this study period. RALS was performed in the standard way with an enhanced recovery pathway of care for DC. We collected data regarding the demographic information, medical comorbidities, preoperative outcomes, intraoperative outcomes, complications, length of stay, and readmission rates. The data were analyzed and evaluated.

Results: All the patients (100%) were successfully discharged on the same day with no major complications (Clavien–Dindo grade>I). The readmission rates were 0%.

Conclusion: DC RALS are safe and feasible with an enhanced recovery protocol. With adequate protocols in place, these surgeries might prove to be better than the available minimally invasive techniques and can become the standard of care in the future.

Cite this article as: Ragavan N, Bafna S, Thangarasu M, Prakash S, Paul R, Chirravur P. Day-case robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery: Feasibility and safety. Turk J Urol 2021; 47(1): 30-4.

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