Comparing pentafecta outcomes between nerve sparing and non nerve sparing robot-assisted radical prostatectomy in a propensity score-matched study

Tanan Bejrananda, Kiyoshi Takahara, Dutsadee Sowanthip, Tomonari Motonaga, Kota Yagi, Wataru Nakamura, Masanobu Saruta, Takuhisa Nukaya, Masashi Takenaka, Kenji Zennami, Manabu Ichino, Hitomi Sasaki, Makoto Sumitomo, Ryoichi Shiroki

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Pentafecta (continence, potency, cancer control, free surgical margins, and no complications) is an important outcome of prostatectomy. Our objective was to assess the pentafecta achievement between nerve-spring and non-nerve-sparing robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) in a large single-center cohort. The study included 1674 patients treated with RARP between August 2009 and November 2022 to assess the clinical outcomes. Cox regression analyses were performed to evaluate the prognostic significance of RARP for pentafecta achievement, and 1:1 propensity score matching (PSM) was performed between the nerve-sparing and non-nerve-sparing to test the validity of the results. Pentafecta definition included continence, which was defined as the use of zero pads; potency, which was defined as the ability to achieve and maintain satisfactory erections or ones firm enough for sexual activity and sexual intercourse. The biochemical recurrence rate was defined as two consecutive PSA levels > 0.2 ng/mL after RARP; 90-day Clavien–Dindo complications ≤ 3a; and a negative surgical pathologic margin. The median follow-up period was 61.3 months (IQR 6–159 months). A multivariate Cox regression analysis demonstrated that pentafecta achievement was significantly associated with nerve-sparing (NS) approach (1188 patients) (OR 4.16; 95% CI 2.51–6.9), p < 0.001), unilateral nerve preservation (983 patients) (OR 3.83; 95% CI 2.31–6.37, p < 0.001) and bilateral nerve preservation (205 patients) (OR 7.43; 95% CI 4.14–13.36, p < 0.001). After propensity matching, pentafecta achievement rates in the NS (476 patients) and non-NS (476 patients) groups were 72 (15.1%) and 19 (4%), respectively. (p < 0.001). NS in RARP offers a superior advantage in pentafecta achievement compared with non-NS RARP. This validation study provides the pentafecta outcome after RARP associated with nerve-sparing in clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Article number15835
JournalScientific reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 12-2023

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