Introduction History

Since its first description 12 years ago (1), laparoscopic radical prostatectomy has gained increasing importance in the laparoscopic urologic oncology field and became an established treatment for organ-confined prostate cancer.

With their pioneering efforts, the French teams from Paris refined the technique of laparoscopic radical prostatectomy and reduced it to an efficient and reproducible treatment (2-4). More recently, large series of laparoscopic radical prostatectomy from Germany, Belgium, Japan, United Kingdom, United States, and Italy have been published (5-12). The cumulative worldwide-published experience exceeds 2000 procedures and includes some surgical technique variations.

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