Minilaparotomy radical retropubic prostatectomy: Technique and results

Fray F. Marshall, David Chan, Alan W. Partin, Robin Gurganus, Steven C. Hortopan

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Purpose: A small incision (minilaparotomy) radical retropubic prostatectomy is described and evaluated. A newly designed self-retaining retractor* was used as a robot and functioned as a second operative assistant. Materials and Methods: A total of 522 consecutive patients underwent minilaparotomy radical prostatectomy by a single surgeon (F. F. M.) between 1991 and 1997. The technique of minilaparotomy radical retropubic prostatectomy (a 7 to 8 cm. midline incision) is described in detail. Results: A questionnaire was mailed to all 522 patients and there were 265 responses. Satisfactory continence was achieved in the short term in 85% of patients (0 to 1 pad). Of the patients 83% had a prostate specific antigen of less than 0.2 ng./ml. at average followup of 2.6 years. There was no operative mortality and the overall complication rates were similar to other patients treated by the same department staff with a larger incision. The typical patient was discharged home 3 days postoperatively. Conclusions: Minilaparotomy radical retropubic prostatectomy compares favorably with standard radical retropubic prostatectomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2440-2445
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number6 II
StatePublished - Dec 1998


  • Laparotomy
  • Prostatectomy
  • Prostatic neoplasms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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