Laparoendoscopic single-site (LESS) robot-assisted nephroureterectomy: Comparison with conventional multiport technique in the management of upper urinary tract urothelial carcinoma

Sey Kiat Lim, Tae Young Shin, Kwang Hyun Kim, WoongKyu Han, Byungha Chung, Sung Joon Hong, Youngdeuk Choi, KoonHo Rha

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Objective To compare the peri-operative, pathological and oncological outcomes of laparoendoscopic single-site (LESS) robot-assisted nephroureterectomy (LESS-RALNU) with those of multiport robot-asssisted nephroureterectomy (M-RALNU). Patients and Methods A total of 38 patients with upper urinary tract urothelial carcinoma underwent LESS-RALNU (n=17) or M-RALNU (n=21) by a single surgeon at a tertiary institution. Data were obtained from a prospectively maintained database. Results Patients' demographics and tumour characteristics were similar between the M-RALNU and LESS-RALNU groups. The mean follow-up was 48.4 months for M-RALNU and 30.9 months for LESS-RALNU (P=0). The mean operating time, estimated blood loss and length of hospitalization for M-RALNU and LESS-RALNU were 251 min, 192 mL, 6.5 days and 247 min, 376 mL and 5.4 days, respectively (P>0.05). Overall, there were no significant differences in complication rates, although three patients in the LESS-RALNU group required blood transfusion, whereas no patient in the M-RALNU group did (P=0.081). The proportion of patients with bladder recurrence, local recurrence and distant metastases was similar between the two groups. There were no significant differences in the recurrence-free survival, cancer-specific survival and overall survival rates between the two groups. Conclusions Although the oncological and peri-operative outcomes of patients who underwent LESS-RALNU compared well with those who underwent M-RALNU and with series of other surgical approaches, LESS-RALNU might result in greater intra-operative blood loss. We suggest careful selection of patient for this technique.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-97
Number of pages8
JournalBJU International
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1


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  • Urology

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