A prostatectomy is the surgical removal of all or part of the prostate gland. Abnormalities of the prostate, such as a tumor, or if the gland itself becomes enlarged for any reason, can restrict the normal flow of urine along the urethra and may need to be corrected surgically. A prostatectomy may be discussed when a diagnosis of prostate cancer is given.
Approaches to this procedure include traditional open surgery, conventional laparoscopic surgery or da Vinci Prostatectomy, which is a robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery.
Traditional Open Prostatectomy
With a traditional open procedure, your surgeon uses an 8-10 inch incision to access the prostate.
Conventional laparoscopy uses a specialized surgical camera and rigid instruments to access and remove the prostate using a series of small incisions.
da Vinci Prostatectomy
A da Vinci Prostatectomy is a robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy performed in a minimally invasive approach.
In prostate cancer treatment, millimeters matter. Nerve fibers and blood vessels are attached to the prostate gland. To spare these nerves, they must be delicately and precisely separated from the prostate before its removal. Surgeons use the precision, vision and control provided by da Vinci Surgical System to assist them in removal of the cancerous prostate while preserving important nerves and blood vessels.
The benefits of a da Vinci Prostatectomy may include:
- Significantly less pain
- Smaller incisions
- Less blood loss
- Less risk of infection
- Shorter hospital stay
- Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
- Small incisions for minimal scarring
- Better outcomes and patient satisfaction
How does the da Vinci Surgical System Work?
The da Vinci Surgical System is powered by state-of-the-art robotic technology. The system enhances surgical capabilities by enabling the performance of complex surgeries through tiny surgical openings. The system cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions on its own. The da Vinci Surgical System requires that every surgical maneuver be performed with direct input from the surgeon.