The Oncologic Outcomes of Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy

  • Kristy M. Borawski
  • James O. L’Esperance
  • David M. Albala


Whenever a new procedure is introduced, it is imperative that it offers the same or improved outcomes compared to the gold standard. This is especially true when one is dealing with oncologic outcomes. Proponents of robotic surgery are in favor of its three-dimensional (3D) visualization, wristed instruments, finger-controlled movements, seven degrees of freedom (six degrees and freedom of grip) as well as tremor elimination.1–6 With these advantages there a is a possibility of increased precision and improved oncologic outcomes. One disadvantage, however, is the lack of tactile feedback.


Radical Prostatectomy Positive Margin Positive Surgical Margin Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristy M. Borawski
    • 1
  • James O. L’Esperance
    • 2
  • David M. Albala
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Surgery / Division of UrologyDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Department of UrologyDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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