Facing prostate surgery can be unnerving for many men. You may have concerns about post-surgical pain, length of recovery and post-surgery urinary and sexual functions, to name a few. The experienced urologic surgeons at North Kansas City Hospital offer a minimally invasive option that can help make the decision easier.
Reasons for a Prostatectomy
Prostate cancer is a common form of cancer in men over age 65. A prostatectomy may be needed to surgically remove the prostate when cancer is diagnosed and confined to the prostate. The surgery is also used to treat enlarged prostate and other conditions. Though there are other alternatives to prostate surgery, robotic prostatectomy is becoming the preferred treatment for prostate cancer that is detected early.
da Vinci® Robotic Prostatectomy
Our skilled urologic surgeons are specially trained in robotic surgery using the latest generation da Vinci® Surgical System. Traditional surgery can require a large incision for the surgeon to access the prostate gland, which typically requires a lengthy and uncomfortable recovery and has a higher risk of impotence and incontinence.
Robotic prostatectomy uses tiny (1-2 centimeter) incisions, miniature instruments and a tiny high-definition, three-dimensional camera. Surgeons have a clear, magnified view inside the body, which along with the robotic tools, allows them to operate with a high degree of precision and control, making it easier to preserve the nerves surrounding the prostate than with traditional surgery. Most patients are able to return to their former levels of potency and function soon after this surgery.
Benefits of Robotic Prostatectomy
The benefits of robotic surgery over traditional open surgery typically include:
- Better clinical outcomes in many cases
- Less surgical trauma and greater surgical precision in sparing surrounding nerves
- Less pain and discomfort following surgery
- Less blood loss
- Less scarring
- Shorter hospital stay and faster recovery
- Faster return to daily activities
- Reduced risk of infection and complications
Robotic surgery may not be appropriate for everyone and individual results may vary. Talk with your doctor about all treatment options, as well as the risks and benefits or contact one of our robotic specialists for more information.
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