Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy Has Steep Learning Curve

Bonnie Gillis
Published: Wednesday, Mar 23, 2011
The da Vinci remote console provides control over the camera and robotic instrument movement using hand manipulators and foot pedal controls.Performing robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALP) surgeries at an expert level is not as easy as has been previously assumed. According to results of a retrospective analysis of RALP surgeries presented at the 2011 ASCO Genitourinary Cancers Symposium, it takes at least 1600 surgeries to gain a level of competence considered acceptable in terms of achieving negative surgical margins and operating time.
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