Robotic Surgery for Prostate Cancer
Patients have common concerns about traditional “open” radical prostatectomy, the prostate surgery which typically requires a large incision so that the surgeon can access and see the gland, organs, nerves, and blood vessels. The invasiveness of the procedure generally requires a longer recovery, involves more pain and has a higher risk of complications including infection.
The da Vinci Surgical System enables surgeons to perform a radical prostatectomy using minimally invasive techniques. The robotic system enhances the surgeon’s range of motion, precision and dexterity – all crucial in the complex anatomy surrounding the prostate gland. The operation is performed through five incisions no wider than a dime. Your surgeon inserts a pencil-size binocular telescope into an incision to provide magnified, 3-dimensional images of the surgical site. The view is comparable to the one a surgeon has during open surgery, but without the invasiveness of the older procedure. The da Vinci robot translates the large hand movements of the surgeon into precise, minute movements inside the patient. Tiny, exact sutures can mean the difference between incontinence and normal urinary function. Precise moves in hard-to-maneuver areas also enable your surgeon to spare nerves that preserve sexual function.
Most importantly, studies have shown that the most experienced surgeons – like your surgeons at NJCPC&U who have conducted more than 6000 robotic prostatectomy procedures using the da Vinci robot – have achieved excellent results in removing prostate cancer without leaving cancer cells behind. In other words, as a prostate cancer treatment, robotic prostate surgery is effective cancer control.
Additional benefits include:
- Less blood loss
- Less pain
- Less scarring
- Quicker recovery time
- Faster return to your routine activities