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Robotic Surgery Benefits

Why Choose Robotic Prostatectomy

Robotic prostate surgery is now the most common surgery for the treatment of prostate cancer and accounts for over 85 percent of all radical prostatectomies in the United States (New York Times, February 14, 2010, Page A1).  The procedure has been performed for over a decade, and the positive outcomes have been documented in numerous publications. 

These positive results are possible because of the better visualization and increased precision the da Vinci robot provides over traditional open and laparoscopic surgery.  However, it has been clearly established that the machine alone is not responsible for the outcome, but that the key is physician experience and expertise.

At the GRI , our world-class team has consistently demonstrated superior results in the treatment of patients with prostate cancer, primarily because of our level of experience with the da Vinci robot.  Our clinical successes have been presented as outcomes data at international conferences and have been published in critically reviewed journals worldwide. 

Robotic prostatectomy benefits may include:

The da Vinci robot has revolutionized the way that surgery has and will be performed globally.  Thousands of patients have benefitted from the use of this technology.

  • Provides improved visualization with enhanced high-definition (1080p) imaging with10x magnification and 3D vision
  • Motion scaling with tremor filtration that eliminates tiny, uncontrollable movements in the surgeon’s hands
  • An ergonomic way of performing the procedure, as the surgeon sits at a surgical console and utilizes  the enhanced visualization and surgical tools

 Miniature incisions and a laparoscopic approach that allow the potential for:

  •  Quicker return to normal activity
  • Shorter hospitalization (most patients go home the next day)
  • Reduced risk of incontinence and impotence
  • Less blood loss and transfusion
  • Reduced pain (most patients do not require pain medication after discharge)

While it is not possible that all patients have the same experience, we strive on a daily basis to continually improve our results and help each and every patient achieve cancer cure with minimal side effects.  It is also important to note that, as with all medical and surgical treatments, there are side effects associated with the treatment of prostate cancer. Cancer recurrence, incontinence and impotence are the things that we try strive to avoid but can occur in some patients.  Other complications can also occur: though rare, some patients can require blood transfusions, or have issues with bowel function or injury.  Additionally, we screen our patients extensively to avoid cardiac or pulmonary problems.   Complications are not common and seem to lessen with increasing surgical experience, but all patients should be aware of the possibilities. 

Robotic Radical Prostatectomy – Revolutionary Technology

Screening for prostate cancer has led to increased public awareness and early detection, as well as a decline in mortality rates. Robotic radical prostatectomy (robotic-assisted laparoscopic removal of the prostate gland) is also a contributing factor to these encouraging trends.

In addition, this state-of-the-art surgical procedure can offer the best chance for complete recovery. Wristed instrumentation, tremor filtration and 3D magnification aid the surgeon in performing one of the most demanding aspects of the procedure – nerve-sparing for preservation of post-operative sexual function and continence. Along with cancer control, these are key elements in follow-up for patients undergoing treatment.

Robotic Prostate Surgery – Is it Right for You?

Florida Hospital is committed to providing world-class health care to patients from around the globe. The many benefits of the robotic prostatectomy reinforces this commitment. To learn more about this revolutionary procedure, contact Dr. Patel today.