If your doctor recommends surgery to treat your prostate cancer, you may be a candidate for an innovative, less invasive approach to surgery called da Vinci® prostatectomy. This approach to prostatectomy provides access to the internal anatomy through five small incisions that allow the surgeon to perform a very precise, nerve-sparing operation. This is good news for patients because it may result in more complete eradication of cancer, retention of bladder control and potency.
For most patients, a minimally invasive Prostatectomy offers numerous potential benefits over open prostatectomy including:
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less pain
- Less risk of infection
- Less blood loss and transfusions
- Less scarring
- Faster recovery
- Quicker return to normal activities
Traditional open urologic surgery - in which large incisions are made to access the pelvic organs - has been the standard approach when a patient needs surgery. Yet common drawbacks of this procedure include significant post-surgical pain, a lengthy recovery and an unpredictable, potentially long-term impact on continence and sexual function.
The minimally invasive surgical system utilizes the latest in surgical and robotics technologies and is ideal for delicate urologic surgery such as prostatectomy. The prostate is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function. Using this minimally invasive surgical system, your surgeon has better precision to spare surrounding nerves, which may enhance both your recovery experience and clinical outcomes.