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Prostatectomy: R-LRPE better than LRPE for continence

New findings from the first prospective, multicentre, randomised trial demonstrated improved continence for patients undergoing robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy as compared with conventional laparoscopic radical prostatectomy.

Prof. Jens-Uwe Stolzenburg (University of Leipzig, Germany) presented the results of the LAP-01 study, which aimed to generate conclusive data supporting improved continence after robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy (R-LRPE) in a prospective setting in 4 German centres [1].

Patients (at data cut-off, n=713) were randomised 3:1 to either robotic-assisted (n=527) or conventional laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (LRPE; n=186); patients were blinded to their arm allocation until month 3. The primary endpoint of the study was continence restoration at month 3, as defined by not requiring a pad for 3 or more consecutive days. Post-operative follow-up will be co...

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