What if the hand piece spring disassembles during robotic radical prostatectomy? - Abstract

Ankara Ataturk Training and Research Hospital, 1st Urology Clinic, Ankara, Turkey.


Robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALRP) is successfully being performed for treating prostate cancer (PCa). However, instrumentation failure associated with robotic procedures represents a unique new problem.

We report the successful completion of RALRP in spite of a disassembled hand piece spring during the procedure. A PubMed/Medline search was made concerning robotic malfunction and robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy to discuss our experience.

We performed RALRP in a 60-year-old male patient with localized PCa. During the procedure, the spring of the hand piece disassembled, and we were not able to reassemble it. We completed the procedure successfully however without fixing the disassembled hand piece spring. We were able to grasp tissue and needles when we brought our fingers together. The only movement we needed to do was to move fingers apart to release tissue or needles caught by robotic instrument.

Although malfunction risk related to the da Vinci Surgical System seems to be very low, it might still occur. Sometimes, simple maneuvers may compensate for the failed function as occurred in our case. However, patients should be informed before the operation about the possibility of converting their procedure to laparoscopic or open due to robotic malfunction.

Written by:
Akbulut Z, Canda AE, Atmaca AF, Asil E, Isgoren E, Balbay MD.   Are you the author?

Reference: JSLS. 2011 Apr-Jun;15(2):275-8.
doi: 10.4293/108680811X13071180406916

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 21902994

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