Inaccuracy of clinical staging to detect Stage D1 prostatic carcinoma creates the need for surgical staging. Pelvic lymphadenectomy can be performed via laparoscopic approach with results comparable to open lymphadenectomy and minimal morbidity. Experience, is reported with the first 19 patients operated consecutively during the last year. The procedure was completed in 18 patients, but conversion to open surgery was necessary in one case; the mean number of lymphnodes obtained was 7.4 (range 3-16); only minor complications were observed and blood transfusions were not necessary. All patients were discharged on the 2nd or 3rd post-operative day. Laparoscopic pelvic lymphadenectomy can significantly improve staging of prostate cancer and the consequent selection of adequate treatment.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Acta Urologica Italica|
|Publication status||Published - 1994|
- operative laparoscopy
- pelvic lymphadenectomy
- prostate cancer
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