Radical Prostatectomy outcomes are related to higher surgical volume centers


According to a recent systematic review of the latest literature, the higher surgical volume is associated with improved outcomes for radical prostatectomy.

Radical prostatectomy (RP) is one of the most complex urological procedures performed. Higher surgical volume has been found previously to be associated with better patient outcomes and reduced costs to the health care system. This has resulted in some regionalization of care toward high-volume facilities and providers; however, the preponderance of RPs is still performed at low-volume institutions.

This recent publication provides an updated systematic review of the association of hospital and surgeon volume on patient and system outcomes after RP, including robot-assisted RP.

Overall 49 publications fulfilled the inclusion criteria. Most of the studies demonstrated that higher-volume surgeries are associated with better outcomes including reduced mortality, morbidity, postoperative complications, length of stay, readmission, and cost-associated factors. The volume-outcome relationship is maintained in robotic surgery. Eleven studies assessed hospital and surgeon volume simultaneously, and findings reflect that neither is an independent predictor variable affecting outcomes.

Contemporary evidence continues to support the relationship between high-volume surgeries with improved RP outcomes. Recent studies demonstrate that the volume-outcome relationship applies to robot-assisted RP and may be applied for potential cost savings in health care. An increase in the number of international studies suggests reproducibility of the association. Although regionalization of surgical care remains a contentious issue, there is an increasing body of evidence that short-term outcomes are improved at high-volume centres for RP.


Leow JJ, Leong EK, Serrell EC, Chang SL, Gruen RL, Png KS, Beaule LT, Trinh QD, Menon MM, Sammon JD. Systematic Review of the Volume-Outcome Relationship for Radical Prostatectomy. Eur Urol Focus. 2018 Dec;4(6):775-789. doi: 10.1016/j.euf.2017.03.008. Epub 2017 Apr 6.