Aim: To compare the outcomes of laparoscopic (LRCP) and open radical cystoprostatectomy (ORCP) with orthotopic urinary diversion for muscle-invasive organ-confined bladder cancer by a single surgeon.
Patients and Methods: Prospectively documented 15 LRCP and 15 ORCP patients, followed for at least 3 years, were included in our study. The demographic parameters of patients, preoperative radiologic staging, previous operations, surgical outcomes, complications, oncologic results and intermediate-term follow-up, postoperative chemotherapy and follow-up periods were recorded and evaluated.
Results: The mean oncologic follow-up was 3 years. Transfusion rate, estimated blood loss, oral intake and narcotic analgesic requirement were statistically less in the LRCP group (p < 0.05). However, operation time and hospital stay were similar in both groups. The complication rates were not significantly different between the two groups. The mean number of dissected lymph nodes was 20.0 ± 1.7 in the ORCP and 22.6 ± 2.0 in the LRCP group. One patient in each group had a margin positive for bladder cancer.
Conclusions: The laparoscopic approach may be feasible for muscle-invasive organ-confined bladder cancer. Furthermore, LRCP provides less blood loss, early oral intake and postoperative pain management. Additionally, continence and sexual function may be provided by LRCP as with ORCP.
Akin Y, Celik O, Ates M, Nuhoglu B, Erdogru T. Are you the author?
Department of Urology, Erzincan University School of Medicine, Erzincan, Turkey.
Reference: Urol Int. 2013 Feb 8. Epub ahead of print.
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