Editor’s Pick: Recent Developments in Minimally Invasive Radical Prostatectomy - European Medical Journal

Editor’s Pick: Recent Developments in Minimally Invasive Radical Prostatectomy

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*Jarno Riikonen,1 Antti Kaipia2

J.R. was a surgeon proctor for Intuitive Surgical Inc. in 2011. A.K. has no potential conflict of interest.

EMJ Urol. ;3[1]:12-18. DOI/10.33590/emjurol/10310090. https://doi.org/10.33590/emjurol/10310090.
Prostate cancer, minimally invasive surgery, surgical technique, outcome.

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Minimally invasive surgery has gained a dominant status in prostate cancer surgery during the last  decade. The benefits of minimally invasive prostatectomy were demonstrated by pioneers of conventional  laparoscopic prostatectomy, however, the real domination of laparoscopy in radical prostatectomy (RP) started after the dissemination of robotic surgery. Robot-assisted surgery still remains the most widespread method to perform minimally invasive RP, although the recent evolution of laparoscopic technology and instruments has evoked interest in conventional laparoscopy again. The recent developments in the technique of RP are focused on decreasing invasiveness and complications. The recent methods to improve postoperative functional outcome of RP can be utilised without compromising the oncological results.

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