To assess the feasibility of same-day discharge (SDD) after robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) in the context of enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) and prehabilitation pathways.
For 1 year, we prospectively assessed the feasibility of SDD RARP in the context of ERAS and prehabilitation pathways.
SDD patients were compared to overnight patients operated during the same period by the same surgeon. Primary outcomes were complication and 90-day readmission rates.
Of the overall cohort, 51.9% were discharged home the day of surgery. Both cohorts were comparable in terms of pre-operative and intra-operative characteristics. There was a not significant trend towards shorter operative time in the SDD cohort (93.7 versus 105.2 min, p = 0.077). Mean blood loss was comparable between both cohorts. No significant difference in terms of complication (p = 0.606; 16.0% versus 11.1%) and readmission rates (< 4%) was noted. There was a not significant trend towards faster continence recovery for patients included in the SDD cohort, compared with those in the inpatient cohort. The overall cost per patient was reduced by 10.8% with SDD surgery with no increased cost due to emergency visits or readmissions CONCLUSIONS: Implementation of SDD RARP in the context of ERAS and prehabilitation pathways is safe, reduces cost and does not compromise the post-operative course. Proportion of patients undergoing SDD continuously increased to reach 60% of the surgeon cohort at the end of the study period. The trend suggesting a faster continence recovery after SDD has to be confirmed in a larger cohort.
World journal of urology. 2020 Feb 17 [Epub ahead of print]
Guillaume Ploussard, Christophe Almeras, Jean-Baptiste Beauval, Jean-Romain Gautier, Guillaume Loison, Ambroise Salin, Christophe Tollon
Department of Urology, La Croix du Sud Hospital, Toulouse, 52, chemin de Ribaute, 31130, Quint Fonsegrives, France. ., Department of Urology, La Croix du Sud Hospital, Toulouse, 52, chemin de Ribaute, 31130, Quint Fonsegrives, France.