Introduction and Objectives
A report of a retrospective analysis – EERPE from 2004–2008.
Material and Methods
128 patients were evaluated regarding operation time, histology, complications and functional outcome. Mean follow-up was 28 months (6–64).
Mean age of the patients was 62 (42–77) years, mean preoperative PSA 6.12 ng/ml (0.41–15.36). Mean operation time was 219 minutes for the first 50 patients and 119 minutes in 2008. Conversion to an open procedure was necessary in under 5%. In 94% postoperative histology showed a T2, in 6% a T3 tumor. Positive surgical margins were found in 9%. 14% of the patients had a PSA rise over 0.1 ng/ml: 11% – 0.1 ng/ml; 1 patient – 0.3 ng/ml (R1) and 1 patient – 3.9 ng/ml (R1). Transfusion rate was 6%. Significant complication rate was under 2%, stricture rate 10%. Mean catheterization time had been reduced from 20 days (first 50 operations) to 8 days during the last year. In 85% an incontinence questionnnaire was evaluated. 89% were continent (maximum 1 pad/d), 11% needed 2 or more pads/d.
Our retrospective analysis of the EERPE shows comparable results regarding functional and oncological outcome to the open procedure after an initial learning curve.
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