Robotic radical Prostectomy

Prostate cancer is a complex disease that can be treated by a number of different approaches. When surgery is chosen as the best option, the robotic approach to radical prostatectomy is rapidly becoming the favored approach across the world. Like laparoscopic surgery, robotic prostatectomy begins by inflating the abdomen with carbon dioxide gas to create a working space to perform surgery through small 1 cm incisions and a telescope.

The robot allows remarkable vision with 3-D cameras, and instruments with great mobility and precision, which is of particular benefit in prostate cancer surgery. Typically, 5 or 6 small (1cm) incisions are made in the abdomen, instead of one larger incision used during open surgery. As described in our video, patients typically spend one night in the hospital, have a catheter in the bladder for a week or less, and recover quite rapidly. In fact, robot surgery has practically eliminated the need for blood transfusion after prostate cancer surgery.