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Prostatectomy — urologic surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System at Methodist Health System

middle aged man smilingAccording to the National Prostate Cancer Coalition, nearly one in six American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Prostatectomy is the most widely used treatment for prostate cancer today in the U.S.

With greater awareness, prostate cancer detection is on the rise and mortality is declining. Moreover, better treatments are allowing more men to return to active and productive lives after treatment.

Prostatectomy with the da Vinci Surgical System

If you're faced with prostatectomy following early diagnosis of prostate cancer, the da Vinci robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery system can provide an alternative to traditional or laparoscopic surgery. With da Vinci prostatectomy, the likelihood of a complete recovery from prostate cancer without long-term side effects is, for most patients, better than it has ever been.

The da Vinci Surgical System — a minimally invasive approach utilizing the latest in surgical and robotics technologies — is ideal for delicate urologic surgery, including prostatectomy, in which the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.

Using the da Vinci Surgical System, your surgeon has a better tool to spare surrounding nerves, which may enhance both your recovery experience and clinical outcomes. Recent studies suggest that da Vinci® prostatectomy may offer improved cancer control and a faster return to potency and continence.

da Vinci® Prostatectomy Incision Diagram

With a traditional prostatectomy, your surgeon uses an 8- to 10-inch
incision to access the prostate. This approach often results in
substantial blood loss, a lengthy, uncomfortable recovery and a risk of
impotence and incontinence.

Potential benefits of da Vinci prostatectomy can include:

  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Less scarring
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • A faster return to normal daily activities, including urinary function and erectile function

Learn more about da Vinci prostatectomy

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