This guidance replaces 'Interventional procedure guidance 16' issued in October 2003.
1.1 Current evidence on the safety and efficacy of laparoscopic radical prostatectomy appears adequate to support the use of this procedure provided that normal arrangements are in place for consent, audit and clinical governance.
1.2 Clinicians should ensure that men understand the benefits and risks of all the alternative treatment options. In addition, use of the Institute's information for patients is recommended.
1.3 Clinicians undertaking laparoscopic radical prostatectomy require special training. The British Association of Urological Surgeons has produced training standards.