Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy in the canine model.


Journal Article

The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of performing laparoscopic radical prostatectomy in a canine model. Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy was performed on six adult male canines. A new endoscopic needle driver was used to construct a secure vesicourethral anastomosis. Average operative time required to complete the procedure was 304 min (range 270-345 min). Dissection of the prostate gland took an average of 67 min (range 35-90 min), and construction of the vesicourethral anastomosis took 154 min (rage 80-240 min). There were no intraoperative complications and only one postoperative complication (anastomotic leak). Five of the six animals recovered uneventfully from the procedure, and their foley catheters were removed 10-14 days postoperatively after a retrograde cystourethrogram demonstrated an intact vesicourethral anastomosis. Four (80%) of the surviving animals were clinically continent within 10 days after catheter removal. Post mortem examination confirmed that the vesicourethral anastomosis was intact with no evidence of urine extravasation. These data demonstrate the feasibility of laparoscopic radical prostatectomy in a canine model, and suggest that additional work with this technique should be continued to develop its potential clinical application.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Price, DT; Chari, RS; Neighbors, JD; Eubanks, S; Schuessler, WW; Preminger, GM

Published Date

  • December 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 405 - 412

PubMed ID

  • 9025025

Pubmed Central ID

  • 9025025

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1052-3901

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1089/lps.1996.6.405


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States