Turkish Journal of Urology
UROONCOLOGY - Original Article

Embarking with laparoscopic radical prostatectomy and dealing with the complications and collateral problems: A single-center experience

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Department of Urology, Trakya University School of Medicine, Edirne, Turkey

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Grande Ospedale Metropolitano, Department of Urology and Kidney Transplant, Reggio Calabria, Italy

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SLK-Kliniken Urology Department, Heidelberg University, Heilbronn, Germany

Turk J Urol 2020; 46: 37-43
DOI: 10.5152/tud.2019.19008
Read: 119 Downloads: 49 Published: 22 October 2019

Objective: The aim of the present study was to report our single-center initial experience in laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (LRP) with special emphasis on the complications and collateral problems and their management.

Material and methods: A total of 48 patients (mean age 64 years) underwent LRP in our institution between August 2014 and July 2018. Two surgeons completed a fellowship training program for LRP before. Mentored operations started after the first 10 cases. The patients were divided in two groups of 30 (group I) and 18 (group II) patients. Demographic, preoperative, peroperative, and postoperative data were collected prospectively. Anesthesiology and nurses’ team performances, as well as problems and their management, were reviewed.

Results: The demographic data for both groups (group I vs. group II) were similar. Estimated blood loss (695.5±139.23 vs. 398±339.39 mL) and intraoperative complication rates (36.66% vs. 5.55%) were significantly (p<0.05) higher in group I. Conversion to open surgery occurred in 7 (20%) patients in group I and in 1 (5.55%) patient in group II. Continence rates at 12 (83%) months were similar in both groups. Positive surgical margins were 8.33% for pT2 and 27.1% for pT3 stages.

Conclusion: A validated fellowship program before starting LRP and performing the first cases under mentorship are helpful. The complication and conversion rates decrease after 30 cases in addition to the improved experience also with improved cooperation with the anesthesiologist and scrub nurse.

Cite this article as: Akdere H, Aktoz T, Arıkan MG, Atakan İH, Veneziano D, Gözen AS. Embarking with laparoscopic radical prostatectomy and dealing with the complications and collateral problems: A single-center experience. Turk J Urol 2020; 46(1): 37-43.

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