Nerve Sparing Robot-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy: Assessment of Clinical and Technical Factors Impacting Recovery of Sexual Function

  • Kamaljot S. Kaler
  • Simone Vernez
  • Douglas Skarecky
  • Thomas E. AhleringEmail author


In this chapter we discuss cavernous neuroanatomy, pathophysiological mechanisms of nerve injury, and strategies to minimize damage. We summarize our surgical technique for cautery-free robotic prostatectomy with an emphasis on minimally invasive traction neurovascular bundle dissection and report on potency outcomes.


RARP Robotic prostatectomy Prostate cancer Nerve sparing Sexual function 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kamaljot S. Kaler
    • 1
  • Simone Vernez
    • 1
  • Douglas Skarecky
    • 1
  • Thomas E. Ahlering
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Urology, Irvine Medical CenterUniversity of CaliforniaOrangeUSA

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