Robotic Prostatectomy

 

Most men diagnosed with prostate cancer that has not yet spread are candidates for a new, less invasive approach to prostate removal called the da Vinci Prostatectomy. 

This method utilizes the latest advancements in robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery. The da Vinci Surgical System provides the surgeon with crystal clear, magnified, 3-dimensional visualization via the high-definition, binocular lenses & cameras. In addition, enhanced dexterity, precision, and control are provided by the EndoWrist instruments.

These elements combine to allow a previously unavailable degree of precision in delicate surgical procedures. In particular, meticulous dissection of the cavernosal nerves (that control erection) is now possible due to improved visualization and dissection around key structures. In experienced hands, the robotic approach can contribute to improved return of sexual function. Similarly, the apex of the prostate is better visualized, allowing improved dissection of the urethra and sphincter complex, contributing in many cases to improved return of urinary control.

For qualified men, the da Vinci Prostatectomy, performed by a surgeon with experience in laparoscopic and robotic surgery, offers a number of potential benefits over other treatment options including:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less time with the foley catheter (typically 5-7 days instead of 2-3 weeks)
  • Less pain and less need for narcotic pain medications
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less blood loss and decreased risk of blood transfusions
  • Less scarring
  • Faster recover, return to work, and other normal activities
  • May decrease the risk of erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence