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MONDAY, Feb. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Results are similar for men with prostate cancer whether they have open surgery or laparoscopic surgery, a new study has found.
Currently, open radical prostatectomy (ORP) is considered the standard treatment but the use of laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (LRP), with or without robotic assistance, is becoming more widespread.
After they adjusted for patient and tumor characteristics, the researchers found no differences in the rates of general medical/surgical complications, genital/urinary/bowel complications, or in use of postoperative radiation and/or androgen deprivation.
Patients in the LRP group had a 35% shorter hospital stay and a lower rate of bladder neck/urethral obstruction, the study authors noted.
"All men considering radical prostatectomy should be clearly informed about the differences between the two techniques and similarities in their expected outcomes, and make treatment decisions in collaboration with an experienced surgeon," Dr. William T. Lowrance and colleagues wrote in their report, which is published in the Feb. 22 issue of the Journal of Urology.
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