Better training needed for surgeons using da Vinci robots?

There is an interesting article on the Bloomberg web site today addressing the appropriate training of surgeons prior to unsupervised use of Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci robot. … READ MORE …

Alan Partin interviewed on robot-assisted vs. “open” surgery for prostate cancer

Many readers may be interested in reading an interview given by Dr. Alan Partin of Johns Hopkins on the relative merits of robot-assisted and traditional (“open”) methods of radical prostatectomy. Dr. Partin is highly experienced in the use of both techniques.

RALP in treatment of high-risk prostate cancer: a systematic review

Researchers from City of Hope in Los Angeles have conducted an expert, systematic review of the published literature on the use of robot-assisted, laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALP) in the management of high-risk, localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Pelvic lymph node dissection and robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy

With the introduction of robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALP) there came suggestions from some surgeons that this technique made pelvic lymph node dissection (PLND) more difficult. However, a new review by a respected international group of authors clearly disagrees with this suggestion. … READ MORE …

ORRP vs. RALP in a large cohort of high-risk patients with localized prostate cancer

A relatively large, retrospective, single-institution cohort study appears to show that oncologic outcomes after robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) are comparable to those achieved after open retropubic radical prostatectomy (ORRP) among high-risk patients when the operations are carried out by appropriately skilled and experienced surgeons. … READ MORE …

Different types of surgery for high-risk disease … outcomes at Johns Hopkins

In the context of the current question about “problems” with the da Vinci robot (previously addressed today), we have some new data from Johns Hopkins on the outcomes of men with high-risk, localized prostate cancer, treated using open, retropubic (ORP), non-robot-assisted laparoscopic (LRP), and robot-assisted laparoscopic (RALP) forms of radical prostatectomy. … READ MORE …

Risk for eye injuries associated with RALP for prostate cancer

One might reasonably be pardoned for not being able to imagine how having a radical prostatectomy with robot assistance (a robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy or RALP) could possibly be associated with eye injuries, given the relative lack of proximity of the organs concerned. … READ MORE …