The "halo effect" in Korea: Change in practice patterns since the introduction of robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy

Ee Rah Sung, Wooju Jeong, Sung Yul Park, Won Sik Ham, Young Deuk Choi, Sung Joon Hong, Koon Ho Rha

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Abstract

Acquisition of the da Vinci surgical system (Intuitive Surgical, Mountain View, USA) has enabled robot-assisted surgery to become an acceptable alternative to open radical prostatectomy (ORP). Implementation of robotics at a single institution in Korea induced a gradual increase in the number of performances of robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALP) to surgically treat localized prostate cancer. We analyzed the impact of robotic instrumentation on practice patterns among urologists and explain the change in value in ORP and RALP-the standard treatment and the new approach or innovation of robotic technology. The overall number of prostatectomies has increased over time because the number of RALPs has grown drastically whereas the number of OPRs did not decrease during the period of evaluation. Our experience emphasizes the potential of RALP to become the gold standard in the treatment of localized prostate cancer in various parts of the world.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-60
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Robotic Surgery
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Mar

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Health Informatics

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