Robotic Prostatectomy

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Robotic Prostatectomy Overview & Benefits

You may be a candidate for a less invasive approach to prostate removal called robotic prostatectomy. This method incorporates the latest advancements in robotic-assisted technology and allows a surgeon greater visualization, enhanced dexterity, precision and control.

Patient Benefits

For qualified candidates, the robotic prostatectomy offers numerous potential benefits over the traditional open prostatectomy, including:

  • Better retention of bladder control
  • Better retention of erectile function
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less post-operative pain and pain medication
  • Less anesthesia
  • Less blood loss and transfusions
  • No blood donation necessary from patient
  • Less scarring
  • Faster and more complete recovery
  • Quicker return to normal daily activities

Surgeon Benefits

The da Vinci Surgical System extends the surgeon's capabilities to provide these significant benefits:

  • 3-D Visualization: Provides the surgeon with a true 3-dimensional view of the operating field. This direct and natural hand-eye instrument alignment is similar to open surgery with "all-around" vision and the ability to zoom-in and zoom-out.
  • Dexterity: Provides the surgeon with instinctive operative controls that make complex minimally invasive surgery procedures feel more like open surgery than laparoscopic surgery.
  • Surgical Precision: Permits the surgeon to move instruments with such accuracy that the current definition of surgical precision is exceeded.
  • Access: Surgeons perform complex surgical maneuvers through 8-mm ports, eliminating the need for large traumatic incisions.
  • Range of Motion: EndoWrist® Instruments restore full range of motion and ability to rotate instruments more than 360 degrees through tiny incisions


Frequently Asked Questions About Robotic Prostatectomy

Q. Why should I choose robotic prostatectomy instead of traditional open surgery?

A. If your doctor recommends surgery to treat your prostate cancer, you may be a candidate for robotic prostatectomy. This new, less-invasive surgical procedure utilizes a state-of-the-art surgical system that helps your surgeon see vital anatomical structures more clearly and to perform a more precise surgical procedure.

For most patients, robotic prostatectomy offers numerous potential benefits over open prostatectomy, including:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain and pain medication
  • Less blood loss and transfusions
  • No blood donation necessary from the patient
  • Less scarring
  • Faster recovery
  • Quicker return to normal activities

As with any surgical procedure, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific.

Q. What is robotic surgery?

A. Robotic surgery is a laparoscopic approach to the treatment of prostate cancer. The da Vinci robot is used to assist in surgical removal of the prostate by providing three-dimensional vision, magnification and an articulating robotic wrist.

Q. Does the robot perform surgery by itself?

A. No. The robot has no independent thought. It just recreates the actions performed by the surgeon at the console in a more precise manner.

Q. Is the procedure performed in the same manner as the open surgery?

A. Yes. The prostate is removed entirely, along with the seminal vesicles.

Q. Does the robotic prostatectomy surgery require general anesthesia?

A. Yes, general anesthesia is required. Robotic prostatectomy offers many advantages compared to conventional surgery, but it is nevertheless a major operation.

Q. Will I need to donate blood to have available during my robotic prostatectomy?

A. One benefit of this procedure is minimal loss of blood, so you will not have to donate your own blood to have on hand for transfusion.

Q. How long will I have to stay in the hospital after surgery?

A. Most robotic prostatectomy patients are able to go home within 24 hours after surgery.

Q. How soon can I resume normal activities?

A. Every patient is different, and healing time depends on your particular circumstances. Most patients, however, are able to resume normal activities about 7 days after surgery.

Q. Will I have a urinary catheter after the surgery?

A. Yes. A urinary catheter is required to ensure adequate bladder drainage and facilitate healing.

Q. How soon can I bathe after the surgery?

A. You may shower after you get home, but bathing in the tub is not recommended for the first two weeks. Treat the incision sites carefully and dry them by patting, rather than rubbing.

Q. Will I have normal urinary control after this procedure?

A. Most patients experience some incontinence immediately following catheter removal, but urinary control generally returns with time.


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