Removing the specimen with traction during robotic radical prostatectomy does not cause a positive surgical margin.

The aim of this study was to gauge whether removal of a specimen with traction during robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy causes a positive surgical margin or not.

One hundred and sixty-nine patients with localized prostate cancer who underwent robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy from 2009 to 2011 were included in the study. After dividing the patients into two groups, we recorded their characteristics and pre-op/post-op evaluations.

There were 111 and 58 patients in groups 1 (with traction) and 2 (without traction), respectively. We evaluated the patients' ages, follow-up time, body mass index (BMI), prostate-specific antigen (PSA) values, pre-op and post-op Gleason score values, pathological stage, positive surgical margin rates, and biochemical PSA recurrence rates. There was no statistically significant difference between the groups for age, pre-op PSA values, BMI, pre-op and post-op Gleason scores, positive surgical margin rates and biochemical recurrence rates. There was a significant difference between prostate weight, tumor volume, and clinical stage.

Removing the specimen with traction during robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy does not cause a positive surgical margin. The incision should be as small as possible for cosmetic appearance.

Turkish journal of medical sciences. 2016 Dec 20*** epublish ***

Serkan Altınova, Abidin Egemen İşgören, Ziya Akbulut, Muhammet Fuat Özcan, Abdullah Erdem Canda, Ali Fuat Atmaca, Mevlana Derya Balbay

Department of Urology, Atatürk Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey., Department of Urology, Faculty of Medicine, Medipol University, İstanbul, Turkey., Department of Urology, Faculty of Medicine, Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Ankara, Turkey., Department of Urology, Memorial Şişli Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey.