Retzius space sparing (RSS) during laparoscopic robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RALP) has been offered as an approach that reduces perioperative complications and enables faster gaining of full urinary continence due to bladder anatomy preservation. Retro and transperitoneal techniques have been proposed, whereby RSS has been implemented. We sought to explore whether Retzius space reconstruction (RSR) following transperitoneal RALP will be an advantageous step as well. A prospective registry database of 102 consecutive transperitoneal RALP cases performed by a single surgeon was reviewed. The Retzius space had been opened by dissecting the bladder away from the anterior abdominal wall to the level of both internal rings. In the last 51 cases (RSR group), the peritoneal layer had been sutured back, thus repositioning the bladder back to the anterior abdominal wall and reconstructing the Retzius space. Perioperative factors were analyzed and compared between the two groups. Demographic and perioperative data did not differ between the two groups. RSR group demonstrated shorter length of stay (LOS) compared with the control group (p = 0.01), as well as faster urinary continence recovery (i.e., 0 pads) (p = 0.01). Moreover, lower numbers of Clavien–Dindo class 3 complications and 12 mm port-site hernias (p = 0.03) were seen in the RSR group compared with the control group. RSR following transperitoneal RALP is a simple and efficient step that potentially reduces early and late post-operative complications, shortens LOS and accelerates full urinary continence.
- Radical prostatectomy