Surgical robotics for prostate surgery
David J. Grossklaus, MD, is a physician with privileges at Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz.
Question: I’ve heard about a surgical robot that can be used to offer a minimally invasive approach to a variety of procedures. What are some of its uses for prostate surgery?
Answer: Men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer have many options, one of which is surgical removal with the daVinci robot.
The robot is a device that allows the surgeon to have expert control during dissection of the tissue, making removal of the cancerous prostate more accurate. Urinary incontinence and sexual impotence may be less likely after robotic surgery due to less damage to surrounding structures.
The robot camera is in high definition and the magnification the robot allows makes vision of the anatomy more clear, compared to traditional surgery. The small, trochar incisions to use the robotic instruments provide less trauma to the abdominal wall, making recovery much easier. The robot does have some limitations and is not for every patient; talk to your urologist about the daVinci robot as an option for treatment of prostate cancer.