Benefits of Robotic Surgery

Benefits of Robotic Surgery

The cutting edge da Vinci® Surgical System has revolutionized prostate cancer treatment with the advent of robotic prostate surgery, also known as robotic prostatectomy. Benefits of this minimally invasive procedure are realized by both the surgeon, through enhanced precision and visualization, and the patient, in short-term and long-term recovery. When compared with traditional open surgery, robotic surgery offers the following benefits:

  • Excellent cancer control rates
  • Less blood loss and fewer complications
  • Shorter hospitalization – most go home the next day
  • Less risk of infection
  • Reduced pain – most patients don’t even need narcotics after surgery
  • Quicker return to normal activity
  • Reduced risk of incontinence and impotence
  • Less scarring than traditional open surgery

 

Robotic Radical Prostatectomy – Revolutionary Technology

Robotic radical prostatectomy (or robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy to give it its full title) has transformed the options for men diagnosed with localised prostate cancer. No longer do men have to undergo open surgery for the removal of the prostate gland – robotic surgery is now possible in all men who are otherwise suitable for open surgery. In addition, this state-of-the-art surgical procedure can offer the best chance for complete recovery. Wristed instrumentation, tremor filtration and 3D magnification aid the surgeon in performing one of the most demanding aspects of the procedure – nerve-sparing for preservation of post-operative sexual function and continence. Along with cancer control, these are key elements in follow-up for patients undergoing treatment.

 

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What is robotic surgery?

Commonly referred to as a “robot”, the da Vinci® is a surgical tool which facilitates complex laparoscopic surgical procedures. Unlike true robots such as those used on car assembly lines, surgical robots are not capable of independent, automated activity. Rather, they respond to the surgeon’s commands via an advanced remote-control system. For the da Vinci® system, the surgeon sits at a console in the corner of the operating theatre, viewing live 3-D images of the patient’s inner organs. The robot is positioned over the patient’s abdomen, deploying its telescope and instruments deep inside the body. Using hand and foot controls, the surgeon manipulates the camera system and miniature instruments deep inside the patient’s body, allowing extremely precise and delicate surgery to be performed through tiny incisions.

Robotic Prostatectomy - What's It All About?

Robotic Prostatectomy - What's It All About?

The robot has been designed to provide minimally invasive surgery that helps the patient recover faster, and increases success rates for the surgeon.

The Surgery Itself

The Surgery Itself

The surgery itself is explained in this website. If you need further information, you can start in the Links section of the site for an array of internet sites that are full of detailed information.

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