ROBOTIC RADICAL CYSTECTOMY
EDITORIAL COMMENT Minimally invasive oncological surgery must equal or exceed the tumor control and improve the recovery time offered by open techniques to be a viable treatment option. This article demonstrates that robotic radical cystectomy has similar short-term cancer control and complication rates, less operative time and a shorter hospital stay than laparoscopic or open radical cystectomy.1,2 The authors recently performed completely intracorporeal robotic cystectomy and diversion, thus making the operation completely
minimally invasive. It appears from this report that robotic radical cystectomy has set the bar for minimally invasive radical cystectomy and urinary diversion. It will be important for other centers to duplicate these excellent results. David P. Wood Department of Urology University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan
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