ORP vs. RALP re-visited

A newly published report in The Lancet Oncology has pretty much finally confirmed what many of us have been assuming for a long time now: … READ MORE …

Functional outcomes for patients after differing types of radical prostatectomy

A newly published paper in the British Journal of Cancer has reported on  patient-reported functional outcomes following robot-assisted laparoscopic (RALP), non-robot-assisted laparoscopic (LRP), and open (ORP) forms of radical prostatectomy. … READ MORE …

RALP vs. ORP: data from a randomized Phase III clinical trial

A newly published paper in The Lancet has provided us with data from a randomized, Phase III, clinical trial of open radical retropubic prostatecomy (ORP) vs. robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) in the surgical treatment of localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

The end to WHAT controversy?

In an extraordinary editorial in the July issue of the Journal of Urology, Dr. Michael Koch of the University of Indiana School of Medicine makes the following statement: … READ MORE …

Can new forms of robotic technology transform RALP experience?

For the past 15 or so years, the daVinci brand of surgical robot, developed and made by Intuitive, has dominated the marketplace for surgical robots. However, changes are coming that may challenge that effective monopoly. … READ MORE …

Robot-assisted versus open radical cystectomy: no clear signs of immediate benefit

Many readers of this blog have probably heard or read the reports like this one on the CBS Evening News or this one on the Reuters web site that there were no significant short-term (perioperative) differences in outcome between robot-assisted radical cystectomy (complete removal of the bladder) and the older open surgical procedure. … READ MORE …

The surgical learning curve and post-RALP outcomes over time

Two new and quite separate papers offer rather different perspectives on the value of robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) as a first-line treatment for the management of localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …