Results and complications with the mini-laparotomic incision in 52 consecutive radical retropubic prostatectomies

Massimo Maffezzini, Fabio Campodonico, Giacomo Capponi, Giorgio Canepa, Lorenzo Gavazzi, Tiziana Calcagno

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Objectives: We describe a simple mono-institutional study to prospectively assess the benefits and complications of the mini-laparotomic incision for radical retropubic prostatectomy with the anatomic approach. Methods: Radical retropubic prostatectomy with the anatomical approach, as described by Walsh, was performed through a 4 to 8 cm incision. Median operative time, body weight, prostate weight, pathologic stage, incidence of positive surgical margins, urinary continence, the need for post-operative analgesics, peri-operative complications, are the parameters we assessed. Blood losses were calculated with the aid of a specific formula instead of simply recording the suction or weighing the sponges. Results: 52 patients were consecutively operated on through a mini-laparotomic incision. Median incisional length was 8 cm (range 4 to 8 cm). Median operating time was 116 minutes (105-141), calculated blood loss was 1108.797 ml, incidence of positive margins was 14%, urinary continence was observed in 48/50 patients (98%), and there was a complication rate of 4/52 (7.6%). Conclusion: The results we obtained with the mini-laparotomic incision are comparable to previous reports of the standard incision, also by our group, though with a lower need for postoperative analgesia. They also compare with laparoscopic prostatectomy in the length of time of catheterization and post-operative analgetic consumption.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-63
Number of pages3
JournalArchivio Italiano di Urologia e Andrologia
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006


  • Minilap
  • Prostate cancer
  • Radical retropublic prostaptectomiy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology
  • Urology


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