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Robot-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy

Beyond the Learning Curve

  • John W. Davis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Robot-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy: Step by Step

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John W. Davis, Fatih Atug, Koon Ho Rha, Kevin Zorn, Christopher Cheng, Declan G. Murphy
      Pages 17-30
    3. Eric S. Wisenbaugh, Mark D. Tyson, Erik P. Castle
      Pages 31-35
    4. John W. Davis
      Pages 37-47
    5. Declan G. Murphy, Daniel A. Moon, Bernardo Rocco
      Pages 49-56
    6. Anup Kumar, Srinivas Samavedi, Vipul R. Patel
      Pages 57-73
    7. Kristen R. Scarpato, Joseph A. Smith Jr.
      Pages 93-97
    8. Dylan Stoy, Bernardo Rocco, Giancarlo Albo, Francesco Alessandro Mistretta, Maria Chiara Clementi, Vladimir Mourviev et al.
      Pages 105-112
    9. Côme Tholomier, Roger Valdivieso, Abdullah M. Alenizi, Kevin Zorn
      Pages 119-130
    10. Daniel P. Nguyen, Philipp M. Huber, Tobias A. Metzger, Pascal Zehnder, George N. Thalmann
      Pages 131-142
    11. Maxim J. McKibben, Michael E. Woods, Raj S. Pruthi
      Pages 159-163

About this book


This book addresses knowledge gaps in RARP in 3 key sections: 1) Step-by-step approach including multiple technique options and innovations, 2) Patient selection, safety, outcomes, and 3) Preparing the patient for surgery.  The order is more based upon knowledge priority rather than a chronologic sequence in which part 3 would go first. Part two allows more summary and commentary on evidence and part three allows some creative content that is otherwise hard to find in one place—medical evaluations, imaging, clinical trials, patient education, etc. This textbook emphasizes content for the advanced skills surgeon in that multiple techniques are presented as well as state of the art evidence. The learning curve is addressed and the authors clarify how this text is useful for learners. The caveat is that they should be careful in patient selection and stick with what their mentors are showing them.  With experience, they can then branch out into the many techniques presented here.  
Robot-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy: Beyond the Learning Curve will also have cross-over appeal for surgical assistants, physician assistants, nurses, and anyone else involved in the surgical care of prostate cancer.


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Editors and affiliations

  • John W. Davis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Urology, Uro-surgical Prostate Cancer ProgramThe University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA

About the editors

John W. Davis, MD, FACS

Associate Professor, Department of Urology, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Director, Urosurgical Prostate Program, Department of Urology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1994 University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA, MD, Medicine
1990 Davidson College, Davidson, NC, BS, Biology
Postgraduate Training

7/2002-12/2003 Clinical Fellowship, Laparoscopic Urology, Charite Hospital, Berlin, Germany, Dr. Stefan Loening
7/2001-6/2002 Clinical Fellowship, Urologic Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, Dr. David Swanson
7/1999-6/2001 Clinical Fellowship, Postdoctoral Fellow, Microbiology, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA, Dr. George Wright, Ph. D.
7/1996-6/1999 Clinical Residency, Urology, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA, Dr. Paul Schellhammer
7/1994-6/1996 Clinical Internship, PGY-2 General Surgery, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA, Dr. L. D. Britt

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Robot-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy
  • Book Subtitle Beyond the Learning Curve
  • Editors John W. Davis
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-32639-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-81335-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-32641-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXV, 335
  • Number of Illustrations 18 b/w illustrations, 191 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Urology
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“This book is the comprehensive review of different strategies to overcome common hurdles in the operating room as well as lessons learned by the authors through their experience. It offers insights and wisdom to help robotic surgeons improve or modify their current practices. … This is a necessary book for surgeons in the process of mastering robotic assisted radical prostatectomy or for accomplished surgeons who appreciate a single source of new ideas to make improvements in their practice.” (James Mark, Doody's Book Reviews, January, 2017)