Surgery to Remove Prostate Cancer

For a localized prostate tumor, the removal of the prostate gland is considered the definitive way to purge the disease.

An estimated 91% of cases diagnosed in the U.S. are localized, which means many men are potential candidates for cancer removal. Surgically removing the prostate allows the doctor to assess the nature the tumor is and whether or not it has spread. With any cancer treatment, the first priority is survival. Several studies suggest there is a greater chance of long-term survival for patients undergoing surgery over all other potential treatments.

The studies illustrated that patients undergoing radical prostatectomy had a 40% lower risk of death from the cancer than radiation patients.

Robotic Assisted Prostatectomy

Thanks to a breakthrough surgical technology, surgeons can add a minimally invasive option to their treatment arsenal. Imagine major surgery performed through the smallest of incisions and have the benefits of a definitive treatment coupled with significantly less pain, a shorter hospital stay, faster return to normal daily activities.In prostate cancer treatment, nerve fibers and blood vessels are attached to the prostate gland. Surgeons use the precision, vision and control provided by surgical robotic hardware such as the da Vinci system. In terms of cancer control, in several large published studies robotic assisted prostatectomy has shown equal or lower rates of cells left behind in the organs.Talk to your surgeon about reasonable expectations for recovery of sexual function and a rehabilitation program that may include exercises and drug therapy. It is important to understand that robotic assisted surgery does not subjugate control to a machine; your surgeon retains control of every aspect of the surgery.