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Robotic Prostatectomy: What to Expect

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Robotic Prostatectomy

The da Vinci robotic prostatectomy at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin, is a less invasive approach to prostate surgery allows patients to experience less patient trauma and pain, minimal scarring, faster recovery and shorter hospital stays. The procedure is performed in the same manner as an open surgery, but the da Vinci robot adds features that provide a better experience for both surgeons and patients.

Robotic Prostatectomy Procedure
 
General anesthesia is required before the procedure, and the surgery itself usually takes two to three hours. A laparoscopic surgery, the procedure involves removing the prostate, and if necessary, lymph nodes. Surgeries are performed through small incisions, which replace the larger incision needed for conventional open surgery. The robot itself recreates the actions performed by the surgeon at the console in a more precise manner.
 
Robotic prostatectomy at UW Health Watch one of our surgeons perform a robotic prostatectomy
 
Robotic Prostatectomy Recovery and Hospital Stay
 
The healing time for patients varies depending on their particular experiences. However, the following is true for most patients: 
  • Most robotic prostatectomy procedures require a hospital stay of less than 24 hours
  • Catheter removal usually occurs in seven to 10 days
  • Patients usually require a two- to three-week recovery period before resuming daily activities