Primary Left Upper Quadrant (Palmer's Point) Access for Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy
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Purpose: Although Palmer's point approach is described for upper urinary tract laparoscopy, we use this technique routinely for robotic and standard laparoscopic radical prostatectomy and we describe our experience with this approach. Materials and Methods: Since 2004, Palmer's point Veress entry has been used to create pneumoperitoneum in 126 robotic and 21 standard laparoscopic radical prostatectomies. On the left side, a 2-mm transverse skin incision was made 3 cm below the left costal margin on the midclavicular line. Through this incision, a Veress needle was inserted to create pneumoperitoneum. Results: The mean patients' age and body mass index were 59.7 years (range, 37 to 73 years) and 27.92 kg/m(2) (range, 22 to 39 kg/m(2)), respectively. Thirty-eight patients had prior abdominal operations. The mean number of punctures performed was 1.08 per case. In 93% of the subjects, Veress needle was inserted during the first attempt. The mean time to establish pneumoperitoneum was 5.63 minutes (range, 4 to 8 minutes). No major entrance injuries occurred. Conclusion: Palmer's point upper quadrant Veress needle access may be a safe and effective method of establishing pneumoperitoneum in patients subjected to robotic and standard laparoscopic radical prostatectomy.