Robot-assisted Radical Prostatectomy with the Novel Hugo Robotic System: Initial Experience and Optimal Surgical Set-up at a Tertiary Referral Robotic Center.

We describe the first five robot-assisted radical prostatectomies (RARPs) performed with the new Hugo RAS system (Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN, USA) in Europe. The five patients underwent RARP ± lymph node dissection at OLV Hospital (Aalst, Belgium). All procedures were completed, with no need for conversion or for placement of additional ports. No intraoperative complication or technical failure of the system was recorded. The median operative time was 170 min (interquartile range [IQR]: 140-180) and the median console time was 120 min (IQR: 110-150). Median length of stay was 3 d (IQR: 2-4). System start-up and docking of the robotic arms were straightforward and rapid processes for a properly trained surgical team. Awaiting future investigations in larger series, this study proves the safety and feasibility of RARP with the Hugo RAS system and provides relevant data that may be of help to early adopters of this surgical platform.

European urology. 2022 May 12 [Epub ahead of print]

Carlo A Bravi, Marco Paciotti, Luca Sarchi, Angelo Mottaran, Luigi Nocera, Rui Farinha, Pieter De Backer, Marie-Hélène Vinckier, Geert De Naeyer, Frederiek D'Hondt, Ruben De Groote, Alexandre Mottrie

Department of Urology, Onze-Lieve-Vrouwziekenhuis Hospital, Aalst, Belgium; ORSI Academy, Ghent, Belgium; Division of Oncology/Unit of Urology, Urological Research Institute, IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele, Milan, Italy. Electronic address: ., Department of Urology, Onze-Lieve-Vrouwziekenhuis Hospital, Aalst, Belgium; ORSI Academy, Ghent, Belgium; Department of Urology, IRCCS Humanitas Research Hospital, Rozzano, Milan, Italy., Department of Urology, Onze-Lieve-Vrouwziekenhuis Hospital, Aalst, Belgium; ORSI Academy, Ghent, Belgium., Department of Urology, Onze-Lieve-Vrouwziekenhuis Hospital, Aalst, Belgium; ORSI Academy, Ghent, Belgium; Division of Urology, IRCCS Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Bologna, Bologna, Italy., Department of Urology, Onze-Lieve-Vrouwziekenhuis Hospital, Aalst, Belgium; ORSI Academy, Ghent, Belgium; Division of Oncology/Unit of Urology, Urological Research Institute, IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele, Milan, Italy., ORSI Academy, Ghent, Belgium.

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