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Use of ROBOTICS to Aid in
Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy
----The Top 20 Websites---

Following is a ranking of the “top 20” relevant websites, compiled by USRF Associate, Anthony Cancio, judging them by “quality and quantity of useful content” for a laymen seeking information about minimally-invasive surgery for prostate cancer.

In each box, rank is shown at top, comments below. Commercial slants, prevalent in many of the sites and generally aimed at attracting patients to particular hospitals, were ignored in making the ranking.


Urology at Hopkins: Brady Urological Institute Minimally Invasive Surgery Nerve-Sparing Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy
  • details all pre and post op patient concerns
  • detailed FAQ section
  • video of the procedure is posted on website


Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy,
Prostate Cancer Surgery, LRP
  • a very extensive, detailed and illustrated FAQ section
  • addresses patient concerns regarding the procedure
  • very patient friendly


Robotic-Assisted Surgery Improves Outcomes for Radical Prostatectomy Patients
  • patient friendly
  • detailed, outlines patient pre-op qualifications
  • links to other resources regarding the procedure
  • lists locations where the procedure is done


Vattikuti Urology Institute
  • patient friendly
  • video of the procedure provided
  • patient testimonials included
  • “No other hospital in the world” has done more of these procedures


eMedicine - Laparoscopic and Robotic Radical Prostatectomy
  • detailed history of the procedure
  • reports efficacy and patient outcomes of robot versus non-robot assisted surgery
  • aimed more at medical professionals than patients


Robotic Prostatectomy, da Vinci Prostatectomy, Nerve Sparing Radical Prostatectomy Prostate Surgery at Vanguard Urologic Institute
  • links to published articles regarding the procedure are provided
  • introduces the da vinci robot and the procedures involved in a FAQ format
  • includes patient testimonials in email and letter format


Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy - Fact or Fiction
  • powerpoint presentation
  • patient and physician friendly
  • not commercialized, university affiliated
  • no specifics regarding pre and post op procedures


Radical Prostatectomy (Laparoscopic Surgery)
  • patient friendly
  • no details, not specific to laparoscopic procedure


Bostwick Laboratories - Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy
  • scientific paper format
  • very detailed, patient friendly
  • somewhat commercial

RANK: 10

Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy
  • Detailed scientific paper describing the state of the procedure today
  • geared more towards medical providers
  • must register to use the site

RANK: 11

City of Hope – Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Brief description of the procedure
  • patient friendly video description of the procedure provided
  • commercialized for City of Hope Hospital

RANK: 12

da Vinci Prostatectomy - About da Vinci
  • details regarding da Vinci Procedure
  • patient friendly, illustrated
  • This is the manufacturer’s website (Intuitive Surgical)

RANK: 13

Institut Mutualiste Montsouris – Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy
  • details regarding procedure
  • illustrated, patient friendly
  • directed for patients of The Institut Mutualiste Montsouris in Paris, France

RANK: 14

Prostatec Cancer Treatment - Laparoscopic Prostatectomy
  • Could be more detailed

RANK: 15

Division of Urology – UC IRVINE
  • detailed description of the procedure, aimed at patients
  • provides statistics on patient outcomes

RANK: 16

Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy with Robot Technology can improve survival rate for Prostate
  • Abstract of a paper that touts improved patient outcomes with the procedure
  • brief
  • does not give specific details about procedure

RANK: 17

Robotic Oncology - Laparoscopic Prostatectomy
  • very detailed, patient friendly
  • organized like an FAQ
  • commercialized for Dr. Samadi at Mount Sinai

RANK: 18

UPMC Cancer Centers - Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy
  • detailed regarding prostate cancer and treatments
  • only brief information about laparoscopic procedure

RANK: 19

Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy - Wikipedia
  • very brief, not commercialized
  • few details about procedure

RANK: 20

Barnes-Jewish Hospital - Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy
  • brief introduction to procedure
  • minimally detailed

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