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Cheryl Guttman Krader
Study: High surgeon volume linked to post-RP outcomes
Long-term functional outcomes after radical prostatectomy are excellent, regardless of surgical technique, when the procedure is performed by experienced surgeons at a high-volume center, according to a recent study.
Number of pre-op prostate biopsies not linked to outcomes
Number of preoperative biopsies does not appear to have any clinically significant effect on self-reported urinary or erectile function outcomes at 1 year after radical prostatectomy, researchers say.
Evaluating web videos found feasible for RARP peer review
Evaluation of online videos is a feasible method for peer review of robot-assisted radical prostatectomy surgical skills, according to a pilot project undertaken by the Michigan Urological Surgery Improvement Collaborative (MUSIC).
Study: mpMRI predicts lymph node involvement
A combination of findings on preoperative multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging showed good accuracy for predicting lymph node involvement on final pathology in men who underwent robot-assisted radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer, reported researchers from the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.
Single-use ureteroscope yields high-quality images
Findings from preclinical studies evaluating the performance of an investigational single-use digital flexible ureteroscope (Lithovue, Boston Scientific) support it as a viable alternative to current non-disposable flexible digital and fiberoptic ureteroscopes, said Brian H. Eisner, MD, at the World Congress of Endourology and SWL in London.
Focal cryo vs. focal HIFU: Similar oncologic outcomes
Oncologic outcomes are similar using focal cryotherapy and focal high-intensity focused ultrasound for treatment of localized prostate cancer, French urologists reported at the World Congress of Endourology and SWL in London.
Can Gleason 7 cancer be low-risk disease?
Findings from a retrospective study lend support to the idea that even in men with a Gleason 7 (3+4) biopsy score, prostate cancer may sometimes act like low-risk disease.
Robotic buccal graft placement feasible, reproducible
An initial assessment of robotic ureteral reconstruction using buccal mucosa graft indicates that it is a feasible and reproducible approach for reconstruction of complex ureteral strictures, reconstructive urologists reported at the AUA annual meeting in New Orleans.
Post-cystoscopy urinary tract infection uncommon
Symptomatic urinary tract infection is unlikely after office-based cystoscopy, although recent antibiotic exposure or hospitalization raise infection risk, according to a recent study.
Large study: Robotic prolapse repair safe, durable
A robot-assisted abdominal approach to pelvic organ prolapse repair has a favorable safety profile and is associated with durable anatomic outcomes, findings of a retrospective chart review indicate.

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