Comparison of Perioperative and Pathologic Outcomes Between Single-port and Standard Robot-assisted Radical Prostatectomy: An Analysis of a High-volume Center and the Pooled World Experience

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      To perform an early comparative study of outcomes between single-port and robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (SP-RALRP) and standard RALRP at our institution and pooled analysis of series to date.

      Patients and Methods

      Patients with organ-confined prostate cancer undergoing SP-RALRP at a high-volume institution were identified retrospectively along with reported SP-RALRP series to date. Data were compared to a contemporary prospective cohort of men undergoing standard RALRP. Patient demographics, perioperative and postoperative data, and complications categorized by the Clavien-Dindo system were compared for the institutional and pooled SP-RALRP cohorts to standard RALRP.


      A total of 208 SP-RALRP cases were identified (26 from our institution) and compared to 376 standard RALRP cases. In the institutional analysis, there was no difference in operative time, length of stay, overall complications (15.4% vs 17.3%, P= 1.0), major (Clavien ≥III) complications (3.8% vs 3.7%, P = .6), inpatient opioid use, or patient-reported pain scores; median estimated blood loss (100 mL vs 150 mL, P = .02) and number of lymph nodes removed (5.5 vs 9, P = .002) were lower for SP-RALRP. In the pooled analysis, 208 patients receiving SP-RALRP had similar estimated blood loss and complication rates but fewer lymph nodes removed (P = .02) and marginally longer operating time (+16 minutes, P = .01) compared to standard RALRP. The difference in rate of positive surgical margins was not statistically significant (31.3% vs 24.5%, P = .08).


      Based on an early experience with SP-RALRP at a high-volume center and a pooled analysis of SP series to date, perioperative and pathologic outcomes appear nearly equivalent compared to standard RALRP.
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