Robotic surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery that uses a computer-assisted technology to aid in surgical procedures. Rather than operating on patients through large incisions, surgeons use miniaturized surgical instruments that fit through a series of small incisions to reduce scarring and recovery time.
Prostate Cancer is a common form of cancer that often affects older male adults in the U.S. For a vast majority of them, treatment results in a clean bill of health—if caught early. Robotic prostatectomy is a minimally invasive approach that provides access to the prostate gland through five small incisions. The surgeon can then perform a very precise operation in which the patient's nerves that control urologic and sexual functions are minimally harmed.
Through small, 1-2 cm incisions, surgeons use robotic surgery to perform gynecological procedures with greater precision and control. In the case of a hysterectomy, the instrument makes this complex surgery less stressful and less impeding to the patient's body and daily routine.
Robotic surgery offers a number of benefits to patients, including:
“I had elevations in my PSA, which is a blood test that we do to detect problems with the prostate. A lot of this was felt to be normal for a patient aging but then my level jumped up considerably and there were concerns that I may have developed further problems. Based on this, a prostate biopsy was recommended and the return on that showed that I had prostate cancer. Certainly anytime you hear the word ‘cancer’ it is scary and especially when it is with a family member. Being a physician I knew a lot about the different types of treatments that were available. But still there is that anxiety level of ‘okay, this is me and how is this going to affect my life?’ I elected to go with the robotic prostate surgery. For me I felt like it was the most advantageous way to go. The robot is just another tool that allows the surgeon to be more precise and more effective with the surgery. It is not a robot in place of a surgeon doing the surgery. It’s a tool that allows the surgeon to have very tiny, precise movements.
The most amazing thing to me is that I could go into the hospital, have major surgery, and I could wake up and go home the following morning. It was really an incredible process and I am thankful that this new type of technology is available, and specifically that it was available here at Mary Black which is in my mind the best hospital to go to.”
Patient Tesimony from Dr. Howard Bean, Medical Director of the Mary Black Physicians Group.
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Before you decide on surgery, discuss treatment options with your doctor. Understanding the risks and benefits of each treatment can help you make the best decision for your individual situation.