Karolinska prostatectomy: A robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy technique

Andreas E. Nilsson, Stefan Carlsson, Brett A. Laven, N. Peter Wiklund

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Objective. The last decade has witnessed an increasing trend towards minimally invasive management of prostate cancer, including laparoscopic and, more recently, robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy. Several different laparoscopic approaches have been continuously developed during the last 5 years and it is still unclear which technique yields the best outcome. We present our current technique of robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy. Material and methods. The technique described has evolved during the course of >400 robotic prostatectomies performed by the robotic team since the robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy program was introduced at Karolinska University Hospital in January 2002. Surgical procedure. Our procedure comprises several modifications of previously reported ones, and we utilize fewer robotic instruments to reduce costs. An extended posterior dissection is performed to aid in the bladder neck-sparing dissection. In nerve-sparing procedures the vesicles are divided to avoid damage to the erectile nerves. In order to preserve the apical anatomy the dorsal venous complex is incised sharply and is first over-sewn after the apical dissection is completed. Conclusions. Our technique enables a more fluent dissection than previously described robotic techniques. Minimizing changes of instruments and the camera not only cuts costs but also reduces inefficient operating maneuvers, such as switching between 30° and 0° lenses during the procedure. We present a technique which in our hands has achieved excellent functional and oncological results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-458
Number of pages6
JournalScandinavian Journal of Urology and Nephrology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Laparoscopy
  • Prostate cancer
  • Radical prostatectomy
  • Robot


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