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Robotic Prostatectomy

Facing prostate surgery can be unnerving for many men. You may have concerns about pain after surgery, the length of recovery and urinary and sexual functions as you heal. Our urologic surgeons are specially trained in robotic surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System. Robot-assisted surgery can help make your prostate surgery easier.

Reasons

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® Robot

Our skilled urologic surgeons are specially trained in robotic surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System. Traditional surgery uses a large incision 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 very small high-definition, three-dimensional camera. Surgeons have a clear, magnified view inside the body, allowing them to operate with a high degree of precision and control. This makes it easier to preserve the nerves surrounding the prostate than with traditional open surgery. Most patients return to their former levels of potency and function soon after this surgery.

Benefits

The benefits of robotic surgery over traditional open surgery typically include:

  • Better clinical outcomes in many cases
  • Faster return to daily activities
  • Less blood loss
  • Less pain and discomfort following surgery
  • Less scarring
  • Less surgical trauma and greater surgical precision in sparing surrounding nerves
  • Reduced risk of infection and complications
  • Shorter hospital stay and faster recovery

Robotic surgery isn't right for everyone. 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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