Prostate Removal with Robotic-Assisted Surgery
After a diagnosis of prostate cancer, a man and his family face several choices regarding treatment. Decisions involve many factors, personal as well as medical.
Before making these decisions, it is very important to learn about all the options available.
With this knowledge, a newly diagnosed prostate cancer patient can participate more confidently with his doctor in planning his individual treatment.
da Vinci® Prostatectomy
One of the most common treatments for prostate cancer involves the surgical removal al the prostate gland, or radical prostatectomy. Traditional radical prostatectomy requires a large, 8-10 inch incision. This open surgery commonly results in substantial blood loss, a lengthy and uncomfortable recovery and the risk of impotence and incontinence.
If your urologist recommends surgery to treat your prostate cancer, you may be a candidate for a new, less invasive approach to surgery called da Vinci® Prostatectomy. This approach to prostatectomy provides access to the internal anatomy through five small incisions. The surgeon is empowered to perform a very precise, nerve-sparing operation with the da Vinci® Surgical System. For the patient, da Vinci® Prostatectomy may result in more complete eradication of cancer, retention of bladder control and potency.
This method incorporates the latest advancements in robotic-assisted technology and allows a surgeon greater visualization, enhanced dexterity, precision, control and superior ergonomics.
For qualified candidates, the da Vinci® Prostatectomy offers numerous potential benefits over the traditional open prostatectomy, including:
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less pain
- Less risk of infection
- Less blood loss and transfusions
- Less scarring
- Faster recovery
- Quicker return to normal activities
Recent studies suggest that da Vinci Prostatectomy may improve cancer control and reduce the risk of urinary incontinence and impotence following surgery.
As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific.