Frequently Asked Questions About Robotic Prostatectomy
A. Robotic surgery (robotic prostatectomy) is a laparoscopic approach to the treatment of prostate cancer using the da Vinci robot to assist. This device provides three-dimensional vision, magnification and an articulating robotic wrist. The robot recreates the actions performed by the surgeon at the console in a more precise manner.
A. Yes. The prostate is removed entirely, sparing the cavernous nerves and urethral sphincter, in the same fashion as open surgery.
A. Yes, this depends on the stage, grade and PSA of your cancer.
A. The actual procedure normally takes two to three hours, although unusual circumstances can increase the time required.
A. If your doctor recommends surgery for your prostate cancer, you may be a candidate for robotic prostatectomy. This new, less-invasive surgical procedure utilizes a state-of-the-art surgical system that helps your surgeon see vital anatomical structures more clearly and to perform a more precise surgical procedure. For most patients, robotic prostatectomy offers numerous potential benefits over open prostatectomy, including:
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less pain and pain medication
- Less blood loss and transfusions
- No blood donation necessary from the patient
- Less scarring
- Shorter catherization
- Quicker return to normal activities
A. One benefit of this procedure is the minimal loss of blood, so typically you will not have to donate your own blood.
A. Most robotic prostatectomy patients are able to go home within 24 hours after surgery. Most patients are able to resume normal activities about 14 to 21 days after surgery.
A. Yes. A urinary catheter is required to ensure adequate bladder drainage and facilitate healing of the area. Most patients experience some incontinence immediately following catheter removal, but their urinary control generally returns with time.
A. Not immediately, although erectile function returns for most patients within nine to 12 months. Some patients are able to resume sexual intercourse within a shorter time. All patients who have a radical prostatectomy, regardless of the type of surgery used, will be sterile.