Division of Urologic Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.Department of Urology, Division of Urologic Oncology, City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Duarte, CA, USA.
Robotic technology has enabled urologists to perform a variety of laparoscopic surgeries. Robotic surgery offers enhanced optical magnification and visualization with precise surgical movements. We report the first case series of robot-assisted laparoscopic retroperitoneal lymph node dissection for clinical stage I nonseminomatous testicular cancer in three consecutive patients. All procedures were performed using a modified template nerve-sparing approach. The mean patient age was 31 yr. Estimated blood loss was 150-200ml; operative time was 150-240min. Length of stay was 2 d, and there were no perioperative complications. This early series in carefully selected and well-informed patients represented a limited experience. These results may not be applicable to all surgeons. Further long-term follow-up with a larger number of patients are warranted to validate these preliminary findings.
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Reference: Eur Urol. 2011 Mar 21. Epub ahead of print.