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Prostate cancer : Robotic Prostatectomy


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The Surgical Treatment: Radical Prostatectomy

One of the most common treatments for prostate cancer involves the surgical removal of the prostate gland, known as radical prostatectomy. Traditional radical prostatectomy requires a large, 8-10 inch incision. This open surgery commonly results in substantial blood loss, a lengthy and uncomfortable recovery and the risk of impotence and incontinence.

da Vinci Prostatectomy: A Less Invasive Surgical Procedure

If your doctor recommends surgery to treat your prostate cancer, you may be a candidate for a new, less-invasive surgicalprocedure called da Vinci Prostatectomy. This procedure incorporates a state-of-the-art surgical system that helps your surgeon see vital anatomical structures more clearly and to perform a more precise surgical procedure.

For most patients, da Vinci Prostatectomy offers numerous potential benefits over open prostatectomy including:
1)Shorter hospital stay
2)Less pain 
3)Less risk of infection
4)Less blood loss and transfusions 
5)Less scarring 
6)Faster recovery
7)Quicker return to normal activities 
As with any surgical procedure, these benefits cannot be guaranteed as surgery is both patient and procedure specific. 
Cape Urology Da Vinci robotic systemThe Enabling Technology: da Vinci Surgical System
The da Vinci Surgical System is powered by state-ofthe-art robotic technology. The System allows your surgeons hand movements to be scaled, filtered and translated into precise movements of micro-instruments within the operative site. 
The da Vinci System enhances surgical capabilities by enabling the performance of complex surgeries through tiny surgical openings. The System cannot be programmed nor can it make decisions on its own. The da Vinci System requires that every surgical maneuver be performed with direct input from your surgeon. The da Vinci Surgical System has been successfully used in thousands of prostate cancer procedures worldwide. 
Da Vinci Surgery Overview

Da Vinci Surgery is the most effective, least invasive surgical treatment option available today. The da Vinci Surgical System provides surgeons with an   alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon s hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The da Vinci System enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision. 

For the patient, benefits may include:
1)Significantly less pain 
2)Less blood loss 
3)Less scarring 
4)Shorter recovery time 
5)A faster return to normal daily activities 
6)Faster recovery
7)And in many cases, better clinical outcomes 
With the da Vinci Surgical System, surgeons and hospitals are re-writing accepted standards for surgical care. da Vinci is changing the experience of surgery. With da Vinci, both patient and physician are realizing these unprecedented benefits. It is important to know that surgery with da Vinci does not place a robot at the controls; your surgeon is controlling every aspect of the surgery with the assistance of the da Vinci robotic platform. The minimally invasive surgical applications that are today enabled by da Vinci are in urology, gynecology, cardiothoracic and general surgery. 
Da Vinci and Urologic Surgery

When medication and other non-surgical treatments are either unavailable or cannot relieve symptoms, surgery is the accepted treatment for a broad range of conditions that affect the male reproductive organs and the organs of the urinary tract. These conditions include, but are not limited to, prostate cancer, ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction, bladder and kidney cancer and vesicoureteral reflux. 

Facing any kind of urologic surgery creates a great deal of anxiety for most men. Among your concerns is: Will my body function normally following surgery? Traditional open urologic surgery in which large incisions are made to access the pelvic organs has been the standard approach when surgery is warranted. Yet common drawbacks of this procedure include significant post-surgical pain, a lengthy recovery and an unpredictable, potentially long-term impact on continence and sexual function. 

Fortunately, less invasive surgical options are available to many patients facing urologic surgery. The most common of these is laparoscopy, which uses small incisions. While laparoscopy can be very effective for many routine procedures, limitations of this technology prevent its use for more complex urologic surgeries. 

A new category of surgery, introduced with the development of the da Vinci Surgical System, is being used by an increasing number of surgeons worldwide for prostatectomy and other urologic procedures. This minimally invasive approach, utilizing the latest in surgical and robotics technologies, is ideal for delicate urologic surgery. This includes prostatectomy, in which the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function. Using da Vinci, your surgeon has a better tool to spare surrounding nerves, which may enhance both your recovery experience and clinical outcomes.



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