Single-port robot-assisted radical prostatectomy: a systematic review and pooled analysis of the preliminary experiences

the Uro-technology and SoMe Working Group of the Young Academic Urologists Working Party of the European Association of urology

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Objective: To summarize the clinical experiences with single-port (SP) robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) reported in the literature and to describe the peri-operative and short-term outcomes of this procedure. Material and Methods: A systematic review of the literature was performed in December 2019 using Medline (via PubMed), Embase (via Ovid), Cochrane databases, Scopus and Web of Science (PROSPERO registry number 164129). All studies that reported intra- and peri-operative data on SP-RARP were included. Cadaveric series and perineal or partial prostatectomy series were excluded. Results: The pooled mean operating time, estimated blood loss, length of hospital stay and catheterization time were 190.55 min, 198.4 mL, 1.86 days and 8.21 days, respectively. The pooled mean number of lymph nodes removed was 8.33, and the pooled rate of positive surgical margins was 33%. The pooled minor complication rate was 15%. Only one urinary leakage and one major complication (transient ischaemic attack) were recorded. Regarding functional outcomes, pooled continence and potency rates at 12 weeks were 55% and 42%, respectively. Conclusions: The present analysis confirms that SP-RARP is safe and feasible. This novel robotic platform resulted in similar intra-operative and peri-operative outcomes to those obtained with the standard multiport da Vinci system. The advantages of single incision can be translated into a preservation of the patient’s body image and self-esteem and cosmesis, which have a great impact on a patient's quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-64
Number of pages10
JournalBJU International
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020


  • oncology
  • prostate
  • prostate cancer
  • robotic surgery
  • single port


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