Experience certainly improves technical skill at RALP

There has been a lot of media noise about a poster presented at the Genitourinary Cancer Symposium. The poster supposedly suggests that it takes 1,600 robot-assisted procedures (RALP) to be really good at this form of surgery. … READ MORE …

Surgical experience, caseload, and short-term complications at radical prostatectomy

No data have previously been available on the relationship between surgical experience, surgical volume and complication and transfusion rates in patients undergoing minimally invasive forms of radical prostatectomy (e.g., laparoscopic radical prostatectomy with or without robot assistance). … READ MORE …

Does surgical experience trump tumor biology (at least for patients at very high risk)?

We know from prior studies that recurrence of prostate cancer after a radical prostatectomy is related to tumor biology and to surgical surgical skill and experience, but is one more important than the other? … READ MORE …

Just how many RPs HAS your urologist done this year?

A new analysis of data from two independent databases suggests that (in the US) only 20 percent of urologic surgeons carried out 10 or more radical prostatectomies in 2005. … READ MORE …