What is Prostatectomy?
A prostatectomy is basically a surgical treatment for treating cancer and other prostate-related diseases and disorders by removing the damaged part of the prostate through any of the various surgical techniques.
This is a fairly common and most effective treatment method for a large variety of medical disorders affecting the prostate directly or indirectly, due to complications arising from other conditions.
How is a Prostatectomy performed?
A prostatectomy is a modern surgical technique that is used to perform precise remove a part of, or all of, a damaged or diseased prostate.
The most common surgical method for prostatectomy is a ‘radical prostatectomy’ in which the entire damaged prostate is removed using surgical methods.
These are the various approaches that may be employed while performing a radical prostatectomy:
Open-Type Radical Prostatectomy – This surgical technique uses the traditional surgical approach of making a single and long incision in the skin above the prostate. This incision is then used to access the prostate by shifting aside the soft tissues and other structures before it. The surgeon will then remove the prostate by cutting its connecting tissues as well as a part of the surrounding healthy tissues.
This is a more arcane form of approach now and various minimally invasive surgical techniques have replaced this method widely.
Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy – This is an advanced and advantageous minimally invasive surgical technique for performing a radical prostatectomy surgery. It requires using a laparoscope (system of small, thin and flexible tubes fitted with miniaturized surgical tools and a high-definition video camera on one of the tubes) to perform the removal of the entire diseased prostate. This can either be done using a manual laparoscopic approach or with the help of a control panel at the side of the operation table.
This is a more advantageous surgical technique which includes less blood loss, less number of incision and smaller incision sizes as well as shorter hospital stay and shorter recovery time from the surgery.
Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy – This is also known simply as ‘robotic prostatectomy’ and is one of the most advanced and advantageous radical prostatectomy surgical methods. It is performed using a robotic system consisting of a hepatic control panel which manipulates a number of ergonomic robotic limbs with extreme accuracy and precision.
The surgeon will use the control panel inter-face to guide and control the robotic arms with the high-definition image being provided by the laparoscopic video camera inserted inside.
This is a more precise and accurate laparoscopic surgical technique and has several advantages over all the other radical prostatectomy techniques.
Who is a candidate for Prostatectomy?
Men who have been diagnosed with localized prostate cancer are considered ideal candidates for this procedure. Candidates will have to undergo a complete physical examination and the doctor will check the medical history to decide if the prostatectomy procedure is advisable in the case.
What are the advantages of a Robotic Laparoscopic Prostatectomy?
A robotic prostatectomy is an advanced minimally invasive surgical technique which is useful to remove a damaged (diseased) prostate with greater efficiency. This minimally invasive surgical procedure is advantageous in comparison with other minimally invasive surgical techniques such as laparoscopy, etc.
These are some of the advantages that a robotic prostatectomy surgical method has over other conventional prostate removal surgery methods:
Less Scarring - The initial advantage of the robotic-assisted prostate surgery method is its extremely minimal invasive nature which uses a few very small (keyhole) incisions in the abdomen to access the prostate gland, thus resulting in less scarring.
Shorter Stay in Hospital - Owing to the smaller incision size the level of pain after the surgery is also very less which results in a shorter hospitalization time.
Less Blood Loss - After a robotic prostatectomy there is a significantly less need for intra-operative blood and painkilling drugs due to its less invasive nature.
A robotic prostatectomy may result in decreased pain, less blood loss, reduced tissue damage, shorter stay in hospital and a faster recovery than that seen after a conventional prostatectomy surgery. Patients are known to return to normal daily routine after 2-4 weeks post-surgery, with only a few minor precautions to follow.
Why choose Travcure to get Prostatectomy Surgery in India?
Travcure is known as the largest and most affordable medical tourism service provider of India. It offers world-class treatment and surgeries at the most advanced and high-tech multi-specialty hospitals and clinics in major cities of India. Travcure promises to offer every patient from abroad with the most efficient, effective and affordable prostatectomy surgery in India at the hands of the most experienced and trained medical professionals from the Indian medical fraternity.