Referred to by many as robotic surgery for prostate
cancer or robotic prostatectomy, da Vinci® Prostatectomy is more
accurately a robot-assisted, minimally invasive surgery that is quickly
becoming the preferred treatment for removal of the prostate following
early diagnosis of prostate cancer.
Until recently, men facing prostate cancer surgery usually had little choice as to the types of surgical procedures available. Surgery has been traditionally performed in an open manner, called open prostatectomy, which involves large incisions and post operative side effects for patients. Using this procedure, the entire cancerous prostate glad is removed and there are risks of excessive blood loss during surgery, post-operative infections, long hospital stays, and considerable pain. Following open prostatectomy surgery, patients have limited activity, and may lose bladder control and sexual function due to severance of the delicate plexus of nerves around the walnut-sized prostate gland. Unlike laparoscopic surgery, da Vinci Robotic Prostatectomy instruments can turn in all directions with 90 degrees of articulation and 7 degrees of freedom. The da Vinci system provides the surgeon with improved visualization, dexterity, and precision compared with open or laparoscopic surgery, while enabling operation through 1-2 cm incisions. This allows surgeons to perform fine computer-controlled movements and to perform a more precise and minimally invasive prostate surgery procedure, which protect his patient’s delicate prostate nerves controlling bladder and sexual function. The da Vinci Robot achieves the same or better results of a surgeon’s hands in open or laparoscopic surgery.
da Vinci Prostatectomy is performed with the assistance of the da Vinci
Surgical System – the latest evolution in robotics technology. The da
Vinci Surgical System enables surgeons to operate with unmatched
precision and control using only a few small incisions.
Da Vinci Prostatectomy also offers these potential benefits:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Less scarring
- A shorter hospital stay
- And a faster return to normal daily activities
For more information about da Vinci® Robotic Prostatectomy, contact one of the following expert physicians at Houston Metro Urology: