Benefits of Robotic Prostatectomy
Robotic prostatectomy (also called robot assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy) means removing the entire prostate gland using minimally-invasive laparoscopic techniques while utilizing the da Vinci Robot. The surgeon controls every aspect of the surgery and uses the robot as a tool.
Laparoscopy or laparoscopic surgery means operating inside the abdomen or pelvis through several small “keyhole” incisions with the aid of a camera.
Benefits of robotic prostate surgery:
- Better visualization (enhanced imaging and 3-D vision)
- Less blood loss
- Less time with a urethral catheter
- Shorter hospital stay
- Quicker return to normal activity
Regardless of the technique used (open surgery, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery), the goals of radical prostatectomy are the same: removing the cancerous prostate, preserving urinary bladder control, and preserving erectile function.
Information provided by the American Urological Association.