Da Vinci Robotic Prostatectomy
The da Vinci surgical robot has revolutionized prostatectomy surgery by making it a more precise, minimally invasive procedure with excellent results.
One of the most common treatments for prostate cancer involves the surgical removal of the prostate gland, known as a radical prostatectomy. Traditional radical prostatectomy requires an 8- to 10-inch incision. This open surgery results in substantial blood loss, a lengthy recovery and the risk of impotence and incontinence.
In contrast, the da Vinci robot empowers a surgeon to perform a very precise, nerve-sparing operation through several dime-sized incisions. With this minimally invasive surgery, the goal is to accomplish internal repair while leaving the body surface as natural as it was prior to surgery.
For the patient, surgery using the da Vinci robot may result in more complete eradication of cancer, retention of bladder control and potency.
The robot dramatically enhances visualization by presenting a 3-D view, rather than a two-dimensional view from traditional laparoscopic surgery. The precision, control and dexterity offered by the da Vinci system allow physicians to perform complex surgery in a more effective manner than open surgery or traditional laparoscopic surgery.
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