Robotic surgery (robotic prostatectomy) is a laparoscopic approach to the treatment of prostate cancer using the da Vinci robot to assist. This device provides three-dimensional vision, magnification and an articulating robotic wrist. The robot recreates the actions performed by the surgeon at the console in a more precise manner.
Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy is a minimally invasive surgical treatment for prostate cancer. It involves a few key hole incisions in order to remove the entire prostate.
No one knows what causes prostate cancer. Researchers are looking at heredity, diet (especially fatty foods), hormones, and environmental factors. There is no definite way to prevent prostate cancer, so early detection is key.
Some prostate problems can cause trouble with urination. That's because the prostate gland is near the bladder and urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the body. Visit your healthcare provider as soon as possible if you:
- Are unable to urinate
- Need to go to the bathroom more often, especially at night
- Have difficulty starting or stopping the stream of urine
- Have a weak stream of urine
- Feel pain or burning when you urinate
- Have blood in the urine
- Have painful discharge of semen (ejaculation) during sex
- Feel pain in the lower back, pelvis or upper thighs that do not go away
These symptoms may mean you have a prostate problem or other urinary tract issue that may or may not be cancer. In most cases, the symptoms of prostate cancer do not appear in the disease's early stages.
Yes, this depends on the stage, grade and PSA of your cancer.
The actual procedure normally takes two to three hours, although unusual circumstances can increase the time required.
If your doctor recommends surgery for 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
- Shorter catheterization
- Quicker return to normal activities