Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (LRP) is a demanding procedure that requires surgical skill, a long learning curve and significant laparoscopic expertise. We report herein our initial experience with 41 laparoscopic radical prostatectomies to assess all perioperative complications in our initial 5-year experience. We reviewed retrospectively the case records of 41 patients who underwent laparoscopic radical prostatectomy for clinically localized prostate cancer from 2005 to 2010 at our institution. All abnormal symptoms were developed during the 30 days after the operation. Complications were noted as well as their severity according to the Clavien grading system. No conversion to open surgery was necessary in all cases. The median postoperative hospital stay was 10 days (range 9-16). The median duration of bladder catheterization was 8 days (range 7-35). There was no case of multiple-organ dysfunction or death. Minor complications constituted 82.6% of all complications. The incidence of severe complications was 17.4%. LRP displayed some advantages over open surgery in the perioperative period. Our complication rates were significantly higher than those indicated in the series previously reported. We found that most complications occurred in the first 30 patients who underwent LRP. We suggest that the surgeons should pay more attention to the difficulties of the procedure.
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