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Prostate Cancer

Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy

Some experts believe that EVERY man will develop some degree of prostate cancer if he lives long enough. Autopsy studies have shown microscopic evidence of prostate cancer in 15-30% of men over the age of 50 and in 60-70% of men who reach age 80.

But don't let that statistic scare you. The reality is that fewer men are dying from prostate cancer than ever before.

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Each year, more than 186,000 American men learn they have this disease.

Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer among men in this country. Only skin cancer is more common.

Laparoscopic surgery is done with smaller incisions using a slender tube with a camera on the end (laparoscope), which may be robotically controlled. The scope is inserted through the navel, and the surgeon can see a highly enlarged image of the prostate. Compared with other types of prostatectomy, this technique may lead to shorter hospital stays, faster recovery, and less blood loss and pain. However, it is fairly new and not widely used. Some surgeons have limited experience with this type of surgery.




Prostate Cancer Surgery Videos

Radical Prostatectomy

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Video series --- One patient's video journey from deciding on prostate cancer surgery, the

robotic prostatectomy, more accurately a robot-assisted, minimally invasive surgery

and recovery from surgery.


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