Simplifying Patient Positioning and Port Placement During Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy

Andrea Cestari, Nicolò Maria Buffi, Emanuele Scapaticci, Giovanni Lughezzani, Andrea Salonia, Alberto Briganti, Patrizio Rigatti, Francesco Montorsi, Giorgio Guazzoni

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Proper patient positioning and port placement is of critical importance in robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALP). Not having the patient in the correct Trendelenburg position or not being able to move the surgical instruments freely in the abdominal cavity can be frustrating, especially for naïve robotic surgeons (ie, those at the beginning of the learning curve for this procedure), and can lead to further difficulties in performing the intervention. We describe the use of a nautical inclinometer and a plastic, double-equilateral triangle with an 8-cm-long border to reach the correct Trendelenburg position easily and to place trocars correctly during RALP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)530-533
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Urology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010


  • Prostate cancer
  • Robotic prostatectomy
  • Surgical technique

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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