Robotic prostate surgery is now one of the most common surgical techniques for the treatment of prostate cancer and accounts for over 85 percent of all radical prostatectomies in the United States. The procedure has been performed for over a decade, and the positive outcomes are benefiting thousands of men each year.
The positive results of Robotic-Assisted Prostatectomy are possible because of the better visualization and increased precision. However, it has been clearly established that the machine alone is not responsible for the outcome, but that the key is physician experience and expertise.
At UCA GU Surgeons, we have consistently demonstrated superior results in the treatment of patients with prostate cancer, primarily because of our level of experience with the da Vinci robot.
One of the many advantages to da Vinci robotic prostatectomy for prostate cancer is that is can be performed through five tiny incisions and the prostate is then removed through the umbilicus at the end of the procedure. This leads to less post-operative pain and scarring and a quicker return to regular activities. Additionally, the view of the surgical field afforded by the 3D stereoscopic display means that the surgeon has a much clearer view of the nerves and blood vessels surrounding the prostate which helps to minimize blood loss and reduces the risk of damaging the nerves responsible for continence and erectile function.
Questions & Answers About Robotic-Assisted Prostatectomy Surgery:
What is robotically-assisted surgery?
Robotic-assisted surgery is a new way of performing minimally invasive surgery (MIS) incorporating techniques that allow a surgeon to operate through several small incisions about the size of a dime.
Who is using robotic surgery?
Robotic surgery is being used worldwide for performing a variety of surgical procedures.
What are the benefits of using robotically assisted surgery over more traditional methods of open surgery?
Some of the surgical benefits are greater precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity and enhanced 3D visualization. Patients have experienced shorter hospital stays, less pain, less risk of infection, less blood loss and transfusions, less scarring as well as faster recovery and return to normal daily activities.
Who actually performs the surgery, the robot or the surgeon?
The surgeon uses the robot as a sophisticated piece of surgical equipment to perform the surgery.
What is the da Vinci Surgical System?
The da Vinci Surgical System is a totally “intuitive” laparoscopic surgical robot. It integrates the latest advancements in robotics, computer-enhanced technology and the surgeon’s skill. The System consists of several components a surgeon console, patient-side cart, instruments and image processing equipment.
What types of procedures are being done using the da Vinci System?
Today, the da Vinci Surgical System is being used to help surgeons perform complex procedures within cardiac, general thoracic, and urological procedures.
For more information about Robotic Assisted Surgery, contact UCA GU Surgeons at 732-390-8700.