According to the National Prostate Cancer Coalition, nearly one in six American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Prostatectomy is the most widely used treatment for prostate cancer today in the United States.
With greater awareness, prostate cancer detection is on the rise and mortality is declining. Moreover, better treatments are allowing more men to return to active and productive lives after treatment.
Prostatectomy Robotic Surgery
If you're faced with prostatectomy following early diagnosis of prostate cancer, the da Vinci robot-assisted laparoscopic Surgery System can provide an alternative to traditional or laparoscopic surgery. With robot-assisted prostatectomy, the likelihood of a complete recovery from prostate cancer without long-term side effects is, for most patients, better than it has ever been.
The robot surgical system — a less invasive approach utilizing the latest in surgical and robotics technologies — is ideal for delicate urologic surgery, including prostatectomy, in which the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.
Using the robot surgical system, your surgeon has a better tool to spare surrounding nerves, which may enhance both your recovery experience and clinical outcomes. Recent studies suggest that robot-assisted prostatectomy may offer improved cancer control and a faster return to potency and continence.
The Benefits of Robot-Assisted Surgery
Potential benefits of robot-assisted prostatectomy can include:
- Less pain
- Less blood loss
- Fewer complications
- Less scarring
- A shorter hospital stay
- A faster return to normal daily activities, including urinary function and erectile function