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Prostate Cancer

Robotic Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy

Robotic surgery is done in the same fashion as open surgical removal. The difference is that what originally required a large incision (from the belly button down to the pubic bone), now only requires 4 to 6 small incisions, each about 5 mm-12 mm in length. These incisions allow instruments to pass through ports (a hollow cylinder through which instruments can pass), keeping the surgeon's hands outside the patient.

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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.


da Vinci Vinci® Prostatectomy

Referred to by many as robotic surgery for prostate cancer or robotic prostatectomy, da Vinci® Prostatectomy is more accurately a robot-assisted, minimally invasive surgery that is quickly becoming the preferred treatment for removal of the prostate following early diagnosis of prostate cancer. In fact, studies suggest that da Vinci Prostatectomy may be the most effective, least invasive prostate surgery performed today.



The da Vinci system, allows the surgeon to maneuver in very small spaces with greater range of motion and more precision than ever before. "Through advances in technology like the da Vinci system, many urological procedures can now be performed using minimally invasive techniques, reducing the need for pain medication and speeding recovery, so patients can return to normal activities faster and experience fewer complications

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.

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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