THE FIRST EUROPEAN ROBOTIC SURGERY FOR THE TREATMENT OF EXTERNAL GENITALIA CANCER

The first robotic inguinal lymphadenectomy in Europe for the treatment of advanced penile cancer was performed in the Interbalkan Medical Center of Thessaloniki and was presented in the International Congress in Robotic Surgery in Cyprus.

The operation was performed by urologists Athanasios Bekos and Andreas Andreou, who are certified robotic surgeons and pioneers in Greece and abroad.

Inguinal lymphadenectomy is the only therapeutic option for the cure of advanced external genitalia cancer for men and women.

External genitalia tumors are –in their majority- resistant to second-line treatment methods, like chemotherapy and radiation. Moreover, the high morbidity rates of open surgery, combined with the patient’s great discomfort, and the increase in the hospitalization costs and duration justify the significantly less than required operations performed worldwide.

Robotic inguinal lymphadenectomy has excellent results for patients with advanced external genitalia cancer. Furthermore, with robotic surgery there are no complications in the groin area, such as skin necrosis and wound decomposition, while other complications, such as lymphocele, are drastically reduced.

This operation can only be performed by certified and highly experienced in robotic surgery urologists with the use of the da Vinci robotic surgery system that only the Interbalkan Medical Center has in northern Greece.