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DaVinci Robotic Surgery - Prostatectomy

Robotic Prostatectomy/ Prostate Cancer:


What is Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer is a disease in which cancerous cells form in the tissues of the prostate. The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It is about the size of a walnut and surrounds the urethra (tube that empties urine from the bladder). The prostate gland produces fluid that is one of the components of semen.

Treatment & Surgical Options for Prostate Cancer Video

Prostate Cancer Facts & Stats

Prostate cancer is most common in men ages 65 and older

It is possible for younger men to be diagnosed with prostate cancer

Most men with prostate cancer will die of something other than prostate cancer

By age 80, more than half of all men have some cancer in their prostate

African-American men tend to be diagnosed at younger ages and with faster-growing prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is most often found in its early stages

When prostate cancer is found early, there are typically many treatment and surgical options available to patients. That's why it is important for men to get regular exams and talk to their doctors about any unusual symptoms.

When facing a diagnosis of prostate cancer, it is important to learn about all treatments and surgical options.

Why DaVinci Surgery

With the da Vinci System, surgeons operate through a few small incisions instead of a large open incision - similar to traditional laparoscopy. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. da Vinci enables your doctor to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

As a result of da Vinci technology, da Vinci Prostatectomy offers many potential benefits when compared to traditional open surgery, including:

More precise removal of cancerous

While nerve sparing surgery is possible regardless of surgical approach, studies suggest nerve sparing surgery with da Vinci enables:

Faster return of erectile (sexual) function: Studies show patients who are potent prior to da Vinci Surgery experience a faster return of erectile function than previously potent patients who have open surgery

Better chance for return of urinary continence: Recent studies show more patients with da Vinci Surgery have full return of urinary continence within 6 months as compared to patients having open surgery

Less blood loss

Less need for a blood transfusion

Less pain

Lower risk of complications

Lower risk of wound infection

Shorter hospital stay

Less chance of hospital readmission

Less chance of needing follow-up surgery

Fewer days with catheter

Less risk of deep vein thrombosis (life-threatening condition where a blood clot forms deep in the body)

Faster recovery10 and return to normal activities

As a result of da Vinci technology, da Vinci Prostatectomy offers the following potential benefits compared to traditional laparoscopy:

More patients return to pre-surgery erectile function at 12-month checkup

Faster return of urinary continence

Lower risk of complications

Less blood loss and need for a transfusion

Less chance of nerve injury

Less chance of injuring the rectum

Shorter operation

Less risk of deep vein thrombosis (life-threatening condition where a blood clot forms deep in the body)

Shorter hospital stay

Less chance of hospital readmission

Less chance of needing follow-up surgery

Sergio Fefer MD specializes in Robotic Surgery

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