Mayo Clinic Urologists Present New Data on Radical Prostatectomy Clinical Outcomes

Mayo Clinic Urologists Present New Data on Radical Prostatectomy Clinical Outcomes
Urologists at the Mayo Clinic have presented new data on several subjects during the 2015 American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting held recently in New Orleans, May 15 to 19. Data on topics like incontinence, obesity, bladder/bowel dysfunction in children and prostatectomy (surgical removal of the prostate gland) were presented. One presentation entitled “Long-Term Patient-Reported Functional Outcomes Following Open, Laparoscopic and Robotic-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy Performed by High-Volume Surgeons” focused on the outcomes after radical prostatectomy. There are three types of prostatectomy that can be performed to remove prostate cancer: open surgery, laparoscopic surgery and robotic-assisted surgery. The team analyzed data on self-reported surveys of 1,686 men who were submitted to one of the three types of radical prostatectomy at the Mayo Clinic or the Massachusetts General Hospital, between 2009 and 2012. Surveys were collected in average 30.5 months after surgery. Researchers reported that patients could basically expect similar results from all three types of surgery, including the risks associated to it, namely after-surgery urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction. “I think it reaffirms the point that it’s not necessarily the surgery that is being done but it’s more likely the surgeon that’s doing it,” said the study’s lead author Dr. Jeffrey Karnes in a news release. “The
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