Patients who are diagnosed with prostate cancer will have various options to consider in terms of treatment. Depending on the size of the tumor, location, stage, age and physical health of the patient, surgery is an option for cancer removal. Most times, this will involve a prostatectomy which is the partial or full remove of the prostate gland.
There are two varying types of surgeries for patients diagnosed with prostate cancer. In both of the surgeries, the prostate gland is completely removed. This is done in order to prevent further complications due to the cancer, or additional spreading of the cancer to other regions and parts of the body. A radical prostatectomy and a robotic surgery known as the robotic prostatectomy are the two surgeries offered.
The da Vinci robotic prostatectomy robotic prostate surgery is the #1 choice for treatment of localized prostate cancer in the United States. Robotic prostate surgery has become the favored prostate cancer treatment among urologists and patients. It is a minimally invasive, robotically assisted surgical procedure that removes the cancerous prostate gland while eliminating the risk for infection, blood loss and complications.
A robotic prostatectomy involves making very tiny incisions to the lower abdomen allowing tiny instruments and a 3D camera to be inserted into the patient. The surgeon then sits down at a nearby console where he or she views a magnified, high-resolution, 3D image of the prostate. The system then flawlessly translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, accurate, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient. Intrinsically, every maneuver performed with the da Vinci robotic surgical device is performed with direct input from the surgeon
There are many pros as to why a patient and physician will choose robotic surgery over a traditional prostatectomy:
- Research studies indicate that experienced, trained robotic surgeons are achieving positive results in removing prostate cancer without leaving cancerous cells behind.
- The robotic method decreased the risk of losing sexual function; Studies have shown that most patients have an earlier and faster return of sexual function.
- Less of a risk for patients becoming incontinent; improved and Early Return of Continence
- Less pain
- Less blood loss
- Minimal scarring
- Faster recovery period; patients return to normal daily activities quicker
- Better overall results vs. a traditional prostatectomy
If you are considering the da Vinci robotic prostatectomy to surgically treat your prostate cancer, the urologists at the North Dallas Urology Associates will be able to answer all of your questions and provide you with the appropriate paperwork, forms and surgical information you will need to move forward towards your surgery.
For additional resources on the da Vinci robotic prostatectomy, please contact our offices. To schedule an appointment at our Plano, Richardson and Frisco locations, call 972.612.8037. To schedule an appointment at our McKinney location, call 972.548.8195.