Anatomical basis for carrying out a state-of-the-art radical prostatectomy

Atsushi Takenaka, Ashutosh K. Tewari

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Robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy has consolidated the position of surgical treatment for localized prostate cancer in the USA. In a few years, it is expected to spread rapidly worldwide. However, surgical anatomy has trailed the advance in surgical techniques of robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy. Therefore, we reviewed the recent literature, which sometimes refutes the established consensus on pelvic anatomy, for the state-of-the-art technique. We also describe the anatomical findings for each basic step during robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy, and show evidence-based surgical techniques. Of course, these findings will also be useful for radical retropubic, perineal and conventional laparoscopic prostatectomy. Surgical anatomy should always be developing and changing with advances in surgical approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-19
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Urology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Anatomy
  • Prostate cancer
  • Prostatectomy
  • Robotic surgery


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