Why choose robotic prostatectomy?
If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer that has not spread outside the prostate gland, your doctor is likely to have recommended surgery to remove the prostate gland. Surgery is the most commonly recommended treatment option in these cases and now you have the option of choosing robotic prostatectomy at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Center for Robotic Surgery.
Robotic prostatectomy is the least invasive type of surgery to remove the prostate gland. The da Vinci® robotic system provides surgeons with the greatest range of motion and most precise instrumentation available in laparoscopic surgery. The surgeon, seated at a console beside the patient, manipulates the robotic arms through several small incisions in the lower abdomen to remove the prostate.
With its high-definition 3D magnification and wristed instruments that allow greater rotation and more precise motions than the human hand or traditional laparoscopic systems, robotic prostatectomy helps reduce possible damage to nerves surrounding the prostate, which may reduce the side effects common with traditional prostatectomies, including urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction.
Other benefits of robotic prostate removal include:
- Highly precise removal of cancerous tissue
- Faster recovery
- Less blood loss
- Less postoperative pain
- Lower risk of complications
- Lower risk of infection at incisions
- Shorter hospital stays
These benefits are possible because the robotic surgical system features:
- Extremely precise miniaturized operating instruments
- 3-dimensional (3D) displays of the surgical field that provide heightened depth perception
- Magnification (10X or 15X) that allows surgeons to see more clearly
- The display system is intuitive and restores optically correct hand-eye coordination — in other words, a movement of the control to the right causes the instrument to move to the right
- Robotic arms have rotation capabilities that more closely mimic the movements of the human wrist and provide greater range of motion
- Increased precision and dexterity through filtering of any hand tremors