The Benefits of Robot-Assisted Prostatectomy

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By Daniel Marcus

Posted on August 26th, 2020 in Robotic Center

Robot-assisted prostatectomy is a minimally invasive surgical approach that uses da Vinci technology to treat prostate cancer.

This state-of-the-art surgical technique provides a three-dimensional vision, articulating robotic wrist, and magnified view.

As a result, the surgeons will be able to perform the surgical procedure precisely as they can see the major anatomical structures quite clearly.

Also, the robot will precisely recreate the actions made by the surgeon at the console.

The results of robotic prostate cancer surgery are quite superior compared to the traditional and laparoscopic procedures.

The electronics and 1-cm diameter surgical arms of the da Vinci surgical robot allow the surgeon to make precise movements within the incision and efficiently remove all malignant tissues during the surgery. This precision will certainly decrease the likelihood of cancer relapse, avoid causing damage to healthy tissues, reduce scar tissue formation, and improve clinical results.

Potential Benefits That Robotic Prostatectomy Can Offer

Robotic prostatectomy has benefits for patients as well as surgeons. Surgeons can perform major surgery through only six smaller-sized cuts without compromising the surgical field view. More nerves, particularly those that control the bladder can be spared compared to the traditional surgical prostatectomy. For most patients, robot-assisted prostatectomy offers several benefits, which include:

  • Short hospital stays: Patients can return home within a day of surgery.
  • Quick return to normal routine: Patients can resume normal activities within 14-21 days of surgery.
  • Decreased risk of complications
  • Minimal scarring
  • Minimal blood loss
  • Less pain
  • Low risk of urinary incontinence: Patients experience a faster return of urinary continence (within 6 months of surgery).

Robotic Prostatectomy Is a Revolutionary Improvement

Over the past twenty years, robot-assisted surgical techniques have revolutionized the way surgeries are performed and also had a great impact on prostate cancer treatment and prostate gland removal. Robotic prostatectomy has become popular as a less traumatic prostate cancer surgery.

Most disadvantages of open prostatectomy and laparoscopic prostatectomy can be overcome by choosing robot-assisted prostatectomy. The finely controlled robotic micro-surgical instruments allow surgeons to perform prostatectomy safely as the surgeon's hand movements get scaled, filtered, and seamlessly converted into accurate movements of the EndoWrist instruments.