Turkish Journal of Urology
Original Article

Predictive preoperative factors for positive surgical margins in robotic radical prostatectomy in low-risk prostate cancer


Department of Urology, Ümraniye Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey


Department of Urology, Ümraniye Teaching Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey

Turk J Urol 2013; 39: 69-73
DOI: 10.5152/tud.2013.020
Read: 524 Downloads: 237 Published: 25 July 2019


Objective: Positive surgical margins after radical prostatectomy for localized prostate cancer is a powerful predictor of PSA recurrence. Clinical stage, Gleason score and preoperative PSA are predictive factors for positive surgical margin after radical prostatectomy. In this study, we aimed to identify preoperative factors affecting surgical margin positivity in low-risk prostate cancer after robotic radical prostatectomy (RARP). 


Material and methods: Between 2008 and 2011 (


Results: It was observed that mean age and body mass index had no effect on positive surgical margins (p=0.2 and 0.6). According to univariate analysis, it was found that an elapsed time of less than six weeks from biopsy to surgery (p=0.07), a biopsy tumor length percentage of more than 5% (p=0.003), a positive core percentage of more than 20% (p=0.045) and a prostate volume below 50 cc (p=0.037) increased the rate of positive surgical margins. Based on multivariate analysis, PSA levels above 5 ng/mL (OR: 8.006, p=0.012) and an elapsed time of less than 6 weeks between biopsy and surgery (OR: 10.814, p=0.029) increased the risk of positive surgical margins.  


Conclusion: In low-risk prostate cancer, a waiting time of less than six weeks between biopsy and surgery and PSA levels above 5 ng/mL are predictive of high surgical margin positivity after robotic radical prostatectomy

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