Initial series of robot-assisted laparoscopic retroperitoneal lymph node dissection for clinical stage i nonseminomatous germ cell testicular cancer

Stephen B. Williams, Clayton S. Lau, David Y. Josephson

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Abstract

Robotic technology has enabled urologists to perform a variety of laparoscopic surgeries. Robotic surgery offers enhanced optical magnification and visualization with precise surgical movements. We report the first case series of robot-assisted laparoscopic retroperitoneal lymph node dissection for clinical stage I nonseminomatous testicular cancer in three consecutive patients. All procedures were performed using a modified template nerve-sparing approach. The mean patient age was 31 yr. Estimated blood loss was 150-200 ml; operative time was 150-240 min. Length of stay was 2 d, and there were no perioperative complications. This early series in carefully selected and well-informed patients represented a limited experience. These results may not be applicable to all surgeons. Further long-term follow-up with a larger number of patients are warranted to validate these preliminary findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1299-1302
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Urology
Volume60
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Nonseminomatous
  • Retroperitoneal lymph nodes
  • Robotic-assisted surgery
  • Testicular cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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