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.
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