Cavernous Nerve Graft Reconstruction with a Novel Artificial Conduit during Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy


The interposition sural nerve graft has been attempted occasionally during radical prostatectomy for the recovery of continence and erectile function; however, nerve autograft may result in adverse events for the patient. Here, we present our initial experiences using NerbridgeTM, a novel conduit for peripheral nerve regeneration, rather than utilizing sural nerve grafting, in robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy to overcome autograft problems such as prolongation of operation time and postoperative abnormal sensation. This novel artificial conduit interposition can be technically feasible when combined with robotic surgery, and prospective randomized controlled trials with high patients-numbers and long follow-up periods are warranted.

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Matsui, Y. , Yamasaki, T. , Inoue, T. , Kamba, T. and Ogawa, O. (2015) Cavernous Nerve Graft Reconstruction with a Novel Artificial Conduit during Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy. Open Journal of Urology, 5, 118-122. doi: 10.4236/oju.2015.58019.

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