Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy in the ERA of Robot-Assisted Technology

*Iason Kyriazis,1 Marinos Vasilas,1 Panagiotis Kallidonis,2 Vasilis Panagopoulos,1 Evangelos Liatsikos3

1. Resident in Urology, Department of Urology, University of Patras, Greece
2. Fellow in Endourology, Department of Urology, University of Patras, Greece
3. Associate Professor of Urology, Department of Urology, University of Patras, Greece
*Correspondence to jkyriazis@gmail.com

Disclosure: No potential conflict of interest.
Received: 25.01.14 Accepted: 28.02.14
Citation: EMJ Urol. 2014;1:97-103.

Abstract

In this work the outcomes of laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (LRP) with regard to perioperative morbidity, oncological effectiveness, as well as postoperative continence and potency preservation are being reviewed and compared with the gold standard open radical prostatectomy. In addition, the limitations of LRP are being presented in contrast to the advancement offered by the emerging robotic assisted radical prostatectomy in an attempt to reveal whether laparoscopic approach still has a role in the era of robot-assisted technology.

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