One of the most commonly diagnosed cancers, prostate cancer will affect approximately 16% of American men sometime in their life. What causes prostate cancer is unknown, but if it is detected and treated early, survival rates are among the highest of any cancer.
If prostate cancer is localized - meaning it has not spread to nearby tissue or organs - it is common for a person to have no symptoms. This is why prostate cancer is often found only during a routine screening. If the cancer has spread, however, or the tumor is large, symptoms can include:
If you have been diagnosed with localized prostate cancer you may have several treatment options depending on your age, health, personal preference and the stage of the disease. Surgery is the only option for removing a cancerous prostate.
For most patients, da Vinci Prostatectomy offers many potential benefits over open surgery including:
Because every surgery and every patient is unique, outcomes and benefits will vary. Talk to your doctor to find out if you are a candidate for da Vinci prostatectomy.
The table below compares three surgical options for prostate cancer. The outcomes clearly demonstrate the benefits of choosing da Vinci prostatectomy.
Cancer control Estimated blood loss Length of hospitalization Major complications Minor complications Urinary function at 12 months Sexual function after 12 months
2.5 109 ml 1.2 days 1.7% 3.7% 97.4% 86%
5.9 1355 ml 3 days 6.7% 12.6% 93% 71%
7.7 380 ml 2.5 days 3.7% 14.6% 83% 76%
Data provided by Intuitive Surgical. For more information on this topic, please visit davincisurgery.com.
Physicians at United Hospital trained to perform robotic surgery for prostate cancer:
Robotic surgery is performed using advanced technology known as the da Surgical System. The da Vinci robot does not act on it own. It is an extension of the surgeon's hands and eyes, with the surgeon initiating and controlling every movement.
The surgeon sits at a console near the patient, using hand and foot pedals to control four robotic arms that hold micro-instruments and a miniature camera. A special 3D camera projects a color image to the console, giving the surgeon a magnified view 10 times greater than the power of the human eye. The tips of the robotic arms rotate like the human wrist, allowing surgeons to use many of the same techniques they learned for open surgery even though they are operating through tiny incisions.
Robotic technology gives surgeons more flexibility, increased precision and better access to internal organs. Using da Vinci surgeons can perform radical prostatectomy with improved accuracy and very little damage to surrounding nerves and tissue.
The da Vinci® Prostatectomy is quickly becoming the preferred treatment for removing prostate cancer following early diagnosis. In fact, it is the most effective and least invasive prostate surgery being performed today. With da Vinci, most patients will likely have a complete recovery from prostate cancer without long-term side effects.
The good news is that if your doctor recommends surgery, your prostate cancer is probably in an early stage. However, it is likely you will still have a lot of anxiety - and many questions. You may want to know how long you will be in the hospital, whether you will be incontinent, and when you can resume sexual relations. The answers to these questions depend on the type of surgical procedure you have.
Radical prostatectomy - the surgical removal of the entire prostate - is one of the most common treatments for prostate cancer. Until recently, radical prostatectomy required open abdominal surgery with an 8-10 inch incision. Patients usually lose a considerable amount of blood loss and have a long, uncomfortable recovery.
Fortunately, you can now choose a less invasive alternative to open prostate surgery that offers vastly improved outcomes for many patients.
If your doctor recommends surgery to treat your prostate cancer, you may be a candidate for da Vinci® Prostatectomy, an innovative robotic-assisted procedure that is the fastest growing treatment for prostate cancer today. This minimally invasive procedure offers an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopic surgery.