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Volume 10, Pages 2228-2237
Review Article

Evidence-Based Comparison of Robotic and Open Radical Prostatectomy

1Department of Surgery (Urology Service), Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA
2Department of Urology and Medical Oncology, Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY, USA

Received 4 September 2010; Revised 14 October 2010; Accepted 28 October 2010

Academic Editor: Scott Eggener

Copyright © 2010 William T. Lowrance et al.


The rapid adoption of robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALP) has occurred despite a lack of high-quality evidence demonstrating its oncologic advantages, safety, or cost effectiveness compared with open radical retropubic prostatectomy (ORP). This review examines the current literature comparing ORP and RALP, focusing on perioperative, oncologic, functional, and economic outcomes.