The Role of Robotic Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection for Testis Cancer

Zachary W A Klaassen, Robert J. Hamilton

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Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND) is complex; however, recent advances in technology have allowed adoption of the robotic platform for highly select cases. Initial case series have shown improved cosmesis, less blood loss, and decreased length of stay compared with open RPLND. Our preference for performing robotic RPLND is via a transperitoneal approach with the patient in the supine position, thus facilitating a bilateral template dissection identical to that used in all our open procedures. Robotic RPLND should mimic the open approach with regard to oncologic principles and should only be performed by clinicians well versed in open RPLND.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)409-417
Number of pages9
JournalUrologic Clinics of North America
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2019



  • Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection
  • Robotic
  • Testicular cancer
  • Testis cancer
  • da Vinci

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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