Treatment through Robotic Surgery

Until recently, men with prostate cancer had few prostate surgery choices. Historically, the only prostate surgery option was open prostatectomy, involving large incisions and post-operative side effects. Using this procedure, the entire cancerous prostate was removed with risk of excessive blood loss, post-operative infections, long hospital stays, and considerable pain. Following open prostatectomy, patientís activity was limited and often resulted in a loss of bladder control and sexual function after prostate surgery due to severance of the delicate plexus of nerves around the prostate gland.

In the recent past, there has been revolutionary improvement in medical surgical technology with great impact on prostate cancer treatment and prostatectomy. The most famous robotic prostatectomy available today involves the da Vinci Surgical System, manufactured by Intuitive Surgical. Robotic Prostatectomy is gaining popularity as a less traumatic and minimally invasive prostate cancer treatment. The da Vinci robotic prostatectomy enables surgeons to overcome many of the shortcomings of both open prostatectomy and laparoscopic prostatectomy.

Robotic Prostatectomy, uses finely controlled robotic instruments to perform the prostatectomy safely, while enhancing patient recovery and outcome. Sitting at the Va Vinci surgical console, the surgeon performs robotic prostatectomy by controlling the device consisting of high-resolution cameras and micro-surgical instruments. Powered by state-of-the-art robotic technology, his hand movements are scaled, filtered, and seamlessly translated into precise movement of the endo wrist instruments.

Unlike laparoscopic surgery, Da Vinci Surgical System instruments used in robotic prostatectomy can turn in all directions with 90 degrees of articulation and 7 degrees of freedom. During robotic prostate surgery the da Vinci robot provides the surgeon with improved visualization, dexterity, and precision compared with open or laparoscopic surgery, while enabling operation through 1 - 2 cm incisions. This allows surgeon to perform fine computer-controlled movements and a more precise and minimally invasive robotic prostatectomy. Robotic prostatectomy achieves the same or better prostate cancer treatment results than a surgeonís own hands in open or laparoscopic surgery.