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Step-by-Step. Ergonomic use of the fourth arm

Ergonomic use of the fourth arm to oversew the dorsal vascular complex (DVC) during robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP)

Omer Karim, Amrith Rao, Emma Marsdin, Rajesh Kavia, Arie Parnham, Hanif Motiwala and Marc Laniado
Centre for Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery,Wexham Park Hospital, Slough, Berkshire, UK


• To demonstrate an ergonomic fourth arm technique to oversew the dorsal vascular complex (DVC) during robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP).

Patients and Methods

• Balloon of a Foley catheter inflated in the bulbar urethra.
• Fourth arm cranial traction via suture in the tip of the catheter.
• DVC oversewn under direct vision.


• Oversew of DVC with minimal patient-side surgical assistance.
• About a 50% reduction in apical positive margin rate.


• A useful, ergonomic method of oversewing the DVC
during RALP.

Karim O, Rao A, Marsdin E, et al. Ergonomic use of the fourth arm to oversew the dorsal vascular complex (DVC) during robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP). BJU Int 2013; 111: 179–180.

Richard Macaire Memorial Trek



Cheque presentation and film screening

Last year Prostate Action’s trustee Professor Roger Kirby led a team of seven doctors and two patients along a challenging route through the Himalayas, in memory of Richard Macaire, who was an avid supporter of Prostate Action and who sadly lost his battle with prostate cancer in 2010.

On 9 February Prostate Action was presented with a cheque for the amazing sum of £442,546, raised by everyone who took part. The presentation was held at the offices of Working Title Films in Marylebone, and was followed by the screening of a short film of the trek, made by Michael Ellard.

The short film of their daunting adventure can be seen here. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who was involved in raising such an awesome amount of money, which will enable us to fund exciting new research and education to beat prostate disease.

An interview with Michael Blute, MD

BJUI Face to Face series

Keywords: face to face, urology, BJUI
Authors: John Fitzpatrick, Michael Blute

In this edition of ‘Face to Face’, I talk with Michael Blute, MD, who is the Director of the Cancer Center of Excellence at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Memorial Health Care and the UMass Medical School in Worcester. There, he establishes clinical services across the system and advances clinical and translational research strategies. As an expert in the field of urological cancers, Dr. Blute came to UMass from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he was Chair Emeritus of their Department of Urology from 1999 to 2006. At the Mayo Clinic, he also held the Dr. Anson L. Clark Professorship in Urology and served on the Mayo Rochester Executive Board.A native of Worcester, Dr. Blute received his undergraduate degree at the Jesuit-run College of the Holy Cross. He received his medical training at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland and at the Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. He joined the Mayo Clinic in 1982 as a surgical resident and remained there until his appointment at UMass in late 2009. His specialties include radical prostate surgery, urinary tract reconstruction after bladder cancer surgery and novel surgical techniques for kidney tumours. In addition, he is a strong researcher with interests in clinical trial development and translational research. I recently spoke with him at the BJU International offices during a recent visit to Dublin.

An interview with Christopher Woodhouse

A BJUI monthly interview series Face to Face

Keywords: BJUI, face to face, interview
Authors: John Fitzpatrick, Christopher Woodhouse

‘Face to Face’ is a monthly interview series with personalities in the urology field. As a successor to BJUI’s‘Conversations’ feature, ‘Face to Face’ is fashioned after the highly acclaimed BBC television series of the same name where former British politician John Freeman interviewed famous men and women with an insightful and probing style.

In this edition of ‘Face to Face’, I talk with Christopher Woodhouse, MD, FRCS, FEBU, Professor and Chief of Adolescent Urology at the University College London (UCL) Hospital. There, he manages the adolescent urology unit, which specializes in the long-term management of adolescents and adults born with urological abnormalities. In addition, he also serves as a Consultant at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, where he specializes in urological oncology, particularly bladder cancer and reconstruction. Acclaimed as a world-renown expert in these two subspecialty areas, he has served as visiting professor at numerous universities in such countries as Australia, Canada, Germany, Singapore and the USA. In addition to being a urologist, he is a British peer, the 6th Baron Terrington. I recently spoke with him at UCL Hospital in London.

An interview with Laurence Klotz, MD, FRCSC

Monthly Face to Face in the BJUI Journal

Keywords: BJUI, face to face, interview
Authors: John Fitzpatrick, Laurence Klotz

In this edition of ‘Face to Face’, I talk with Laurence Klotz, MD, FRCSC, Professor, Department of Surgery, at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is also the Chief of Urology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Women’s College Hospital, also in Toronto. Dr Klotz obtained his medical degree and completed his residency at the University of Toronto and its Gallie Programme in Surgery. Subsequently, he completed a special fellowship in uro-oncology and tumour biology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, USA. A prolific author and editor, Dr Klotz is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Urology and now serves as Editor of the Canadian Urologic Association Journal. In addition to being a busy lecturer worldwide on prostate cancer and active surveillance, he has also been a tireless fundraiser and researcher for prostate cancer, having founded the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation and chairing the Canadian Urology Research Consortium. I caught up with him during the recent AUA meeting in Washington, DC.

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