General versus spinal anesthesia in patients undergoing radical retropubic prostatectomy: Results of a prospective, randomized study

Andrea Salonia, Antonella Crescenti, Nazareno Suardi, Antonella Memmo, Richard Naspro, Aldo M. Bocciardi, Renzo Colombo, Luigi F. Da Pozzo, Patrizio Rigatti, Francesco Montorsi

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Abstract

Objectives To evaluate the impact of general anesthesia (GA) versus spinal anesthesia (SpA) on intraoperative and postoperative outcome in patients undergoing radical retropubic prostatectomy. Methods Seventy-two consecutive patients with clinically localized prostate cancer were randomized into group 1 (GA: 34 patients) or group 2 (L2-L3 or L3-L4 SpA: 38 patients) and underwent radical retropubic prostatectomy. The intraoperative and postoperative anesthetic and surgical variables were evaluated. Results The mean ± SEM operative time was not significantly different between the two groups (P = 0.43). The overall blood loss was less in group 2 (P = 0.04). The mean ± SEM postoperative time in the postoperative holding area was significantly shorter after SpA than after GA (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-100
Number of pages6
JournalUrology
Volume64
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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