High body mass index and prostatectomy outcomes
The Canadian Journal of Urology TM; 17(4); August 2010
High body mass index does not affect outcomes following robotic assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy
Daniel J. Moskovic, MA, Hugh J. Lavery, MD, Jamil Rehman, MD, Fatima Nabizada-Pace, MPH, Jonathan Brajtbord, David B. Samadi, MD
Department of Urology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York, USA
Obesity has been implicated as a major cause of morbidity and mortality. An increased prevalence of diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular, and other chronic diseases are significant public health concerns. For surgeons, obesity imposes a more obvious set of constrains. These include operative challenges due to anatomical distortion, fatty dissection planes and an increased depth of the operative field. Such intra operative difficulties are associated with increased rates of surgical complications and worse oncologic outcomes, particularly in the setting of prostate cancer.