AUA 2017: The Evolution of Radical Prostatectomy

Boston, MA ( This morning at the 2017 AUA Meeting’s opening Plenary session assessing surgical techniques for radical prostatectomy, moderator Dr. Prokar Dasgupta from London commenced the proceedings by elegantly depicting a timeline of where we have come from the early stages of the technical aspects of radical prostatectomy. Starting in 1905 with Dr. Hugh Hampton Young’s description of the perineal prostatectomy, thru to 1945 when Dr. Millin described the simple retropubic prostatectomy, and subsequently to Dr. Pat Walsh’s description of the anatomic radical prostatectomy in 1980. More recently, in 1997 we saw the advent of minimally invasive radical prostatectomy, first laparoscopically by Dr. Schuessler in 1997 and then with robotic assistance by Drs. Binder and Kramer in 2000. Shortly thereafter, we saw the first robotic training program started by Dr. Mani Menon in Detroit (Vattikuti Urology Institute).

As followed, three experts in the field described (with video assistance) three unique surgical approaches to radical prostatectomy. Dr. Karim Touijer from Memorial Sloan Kettering elegantly depicted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy, Dr. Michael J. Harris from St. Francis Hospital in Michigan discussed the perineal prostatectomy, and Dr. Jihad Kaouk from Cleveland Clinic described robotic perineal prostatectomy, as well as offered a glimpse into the future: robotic single port perineal prostatectomy.

Presenter: Prokar Dasgupta, King’s College London, London, UK

Written By: Zachary Klaassen, MD, Urologic Oncology Fellow, University of Toronto, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Twitter: @zklaassen_md

at the 2017 AUA Annual Meeting - May 12 - 16, 2017 – Boston, Massachusetts, USA