Training: Preparing the Robotics Team for Their First Case

  • Richard C. Sarle
  • Khurshid A. Guru
  • James O. Peabody


Robotic prostatectomy is hard to learn but easy to do. Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment. Many surgeons have heard this aphorism and understand its truth. It is self-evident that adequate training can and should take the place of the bad judgment that comes from inexperience. What constitutes an adequate training experience will depend on many factors and is likely to vary from institution to institution. In this chapter, we will discuss our philosophy of and experience with training in robotic surgery at the Vattikuti Urology Institute (VUI). This has developed and evolved over the almost 2400 robotic-assisted procedures, including radical prostatectomy, radical cystectomy, radical and partial nephrectomy, performed by our surgical teams.


Radical Prostatectomy Robotic System Radical Cystectomy Port Placement Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard C. Sarle
    • 1
  • Khurshid A. Guru
    • 2
  • James O. Peabody
    • 1
  1. 1.Vattikuti Urology InstituteHenry Ford Health SystemDetroitUSA
  2. 2.Department of Urologic OncologyRoswell Park Cancer InstituteBuffaloUSA

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