We report our early experience with mini‐laparotomy staging pelvic lymph node dissection (PLND) for clinically localized prostate cancer. We have used virtually the same original technique described by Steiner and Marshall. A 5 cm lower midline abdominal incision provides excellent exposure, allowing complete PLND under direct visualization. If radical retropubic prostatectomy is indicated by the state of the pelvic lymph nodes, this can be performed only by extending the same incision. Nine patients with histologically proven prostate cancer underwent mini‐laparotomy staging PLND. The average intraoperative time for mini‐laparotomy PLND was 33 minutes (range, 25–50 minutes). The intraoperative blood loss was 44 ml (range, 20–90 ml). The mean number of pelvic lymph nodes removed was 6.9 (range, 5–10 nodes) on the right and 10.8 (range, 8–21 nodes) on the left. Eight patients underwent immediate radical retropubic prostatectomy and one had radiation therapy. There were no complications directly related to the mini‐laparotomy staging PLND. Mini‐laparotomy staging PLND is an attractive alternative to laparoscopic PLND, especially for patients at low risk of lymph node metastasis.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||International Journal of Urology|
|Publication status||Published - 1995 May|
- prostate cancer
- staging pelvic lymph node dissection
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