Robotic Prostatectomy Surgery: Is it Right for You?

Robotic Prostatectomy

A prostatectomy is mostly a surgical treatment for treating cancer or other prostate-damaging diseases by removing the diseased or damaged prostate through various different techniques. A robotic prostatectomy is a radical new minimally invasive surgical method that is used to remove the prostate with more efficiency and ease.

A robotic prostatectomy is a faster and a more precise surgical option for removal of damaged prostate through surgical methods.

How is a Robotic Prostatectomy performed?

A robotic prostatectomy is a new and modern minimally invasive surgical technique that is useful in performing precise prostatectomy procedures to remove a part of, or all of, a damaged or diseased prostate.

This modern surgical method uses a number of different robotic devices that are highly-advanced in technology and is more accurate and precise with many advantages over other prostatectomy methods. The robotic surgical devices are controlled from a single multi-tasking console that allows a 3-D view of the surgical site with the use of laparoscope video cameras attached to it. The console is a comprehensive control unit that allows the surgeon to view the surgical site more clearly and also assists in performing the surgical removal of the prostate with more precision and accuracy.

The surgery begins with the administering of general anesthesia to the patient in order to avoid causing any pain or discomfort to the patient during surgery. The surgeon will then use the remote console near the operation table to precisely control the movements of the surgical instruments using two ergonomic control devices. The viewing console provides an immensely clear and magnified 3-dimensional image of the surgical area which allows the surgeon more details of the surgical site than can be seen using a laparoscope.

The advanced robotic instruments allow for more precise and minute incisions which later results in faster recovery after this surgery as compared to conventional open-type surgery. The robotic-assistance also prevents risk of nerve damage to avoid sexual impotency and incontinence.

The surgeon will use the controls to move the arms of the robotic surgical device and make the required incisions. After accessing the prostate gland the surgeon will determine the need for partial or complete removal of the prostate gland. The robotic instruments are then used to precisely disconnect and cut away the damaged prostate without damaging any of the other.

The surgeon will then rearrange the moved organs and tissues back in their original locations and close the incisions cleanly.

Am I a candidate for Robotic Prostatectomy?

Men diagnosed with localized prostate cancer are considered candidates for this procedure. Candidates are required to undergo a complete physical examination and the surgeon/doctor will check their medical history to determine if the robotic prostatectomy procedure is ideal for them.

What are the advantages of a Robotic Prostatectomy?

A robotic prostatectomy is a new and advanced minimally invasive surgical technique used to remove damaged or diseased prostate with more efficiency and ease. This minimally invasive surgical procedure is much advantageous as compared to other conventional open-type surgery method as well as other minimally invasive surgical techniques such as laparoscopy, etc.

These are some of the distinct advantages that a robotic prostatectomy surgical method has over other conventional prostate removal surgery methods:

Less Scarring

The first benefit of the robotic-assisted prostate surgery method is its extremely minimal invasive technique which uses a few very small (keyhole) incisions in the abdomen to access the prostate gland. These keyhole incisions are smaller in size and fewer in numbers (mostly) than that compared to the other prostatectomy methods.

Short Hospital Stay

Due to smaller incision size the level of pain after the surgery is significantly very less which results in a shorter hospitalization time. This also allows for a faster return to normal routine activities.

Less Blood Loss/Medicinal Drugs

After a robotic-assisted prostatectomy surgery there is a significantly less need for intra-operative blood and painkilling drugs due to less invasive nature of the method.

Less Catheterization Period

Another major advantage of the robotic-assisted prostatectomy is the noticeably less amount of time a catheter might be required to drain the urine. After a conventional open-type surgery a catheter is fixed to drain urine from the urethra for around 2-3 weeks however after a robotic prostatectomy the surgeon might need to insert a catheter for just around 5-7 days.

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.

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