Outcomes of Robot-assisted Radical Prostatectomy with the Hugo RAS Surgical System: Initial Experience at a High-volume Robotic Center

Eur Urol Focus. 2023 Jul;9(4):642-644. doi: 10.1016/j.euf.2023.01.008. Epub 2023 Jan 21.


Clinical data on robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) performed with the new Hugo robot-assisted surgery (RAS) system are scarce. We described surgical outcomes of 112 consecutive patients who underwent RARP ± extended pelvic lymph-node dissection (ePLND) at OLV Hospital (Aalst, Belgium) between February and November 2022. The median age was 65 yr (interquartile range [IQR] 60-70) and median preoperative prostate-specific antigen (PSA) was 7.9 ng/ml (5.8-10.7). Thirty-eight patients (34%) had International Society of Urological Pathology grade group ≥3 tumor on prostate biopsy. On preoperative magnetic resonance imaging, 26 (23%) patients had a suspicion of extraprostatic disease. The median operative time was 180 min (IQR 145-200) and 27 men (24%) underwent ePLND. On final pathology, 34 patients (31%) had extraprostatic disease and ten (9%) had positive surgical margins. The median number of nodes removed was 15 (IQR 9-19). Among men with data available on the first PSA after surgery, 88% (60/68) had undetectable PSA (<0.1 ng/ml). The probability of urinary continence (UC) recovery was 36% (95% confidence interval [CI] 28-47%) at 1 mo and 81% (95% CI 72-89%) at 3 mo. The median time to UC recovery was 36 d (95% CI 34-44). This is the first report of data on UC recovery and surgical pathology for patients undergoing RARP for prostate cancer performed with the Hugo RAS robotic system. Future investigations with longer follow-up are awaited. PATIENT SUMMARY: We describe surgical outcomes of patients undergoing robot-assisted surgical removal of the prostate for cancer performed with the Hugo RAS robotic system at our institution. In our experience this platform provided adequate results in terms of surgical results and early recovery of urinary continence. Studies with longer follow-up are awaited.

Keywords: Medtronic Hugo RAS system; New robotic platform; Prostate cancer; Robot-assisted radical prostatectomy; Robotic surgery; Surgical outcomes; Urinary continence recovery.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prostate / surgery
  • Prostate-Specific Antigen
  • Prostatectomy / methods
  • Robotic Surgical Procedures* / methods
  • Robotics*


  • Prostate-Specific Antigen