Minimally Invasive Surgery for Prostatectomy
The American Cancer Society’s guidelines for early detection of prostate cancer recommend that men discuss with their doctors the uncertainties, risks, and potential benefits of screening for prostate cancer before deciding whether to be tested. If screening is positive for cancer, your doctor will likely recommend prostate surgery. Prostatectomy offers the highest chance of recovery from prostate cancer.
Referred to by many as robotic surgery for prostate cancer or robotic prostatectomy, da Vinci® Prostatectomy is more accurately a robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery that is quickly becoming the preferred treatment for removal of the prostate following early diagnosis of prostate cancer. In fact, studies suggest that da Vinci® Prostatectomy may be the most effective, least invasive prostate surgery performed today. With da Vinci® Prostatectomy, the likelihood of a complete recovery from prostate cancer without long-term side effects is, for most patients, better than it has ever been.
Robotic-assisted prostatectomy is performed with the assistance of the da Vinci® Surgical System – the latest evolution in robotics technology. The da Vinci® Surgical System enables surgeons to operate with unmatched precision and control using only a few small incisions. Recent studies suggest that da Vinci® Prostatectomy may offer improved cancer control and a faster return to potency and continence.
da Vinci® Prostatectomy also offers these potential benefits:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Fewer complications
- Less scarring
- A shorter hospital stay
- And a faster return to normal daily activities
Risk factors for prostate cancer
Prostate cancer is the most common cause of death from cancer in men over age 75. Prostate cancer is rarely found in men younger than 40 and is less common in men who are vegetarians.
People who are at a higher risk for prostate cancer include:
- African American men, who are also likely to develop cancer at every age
- Men who are older than 60
- Men who have a father or brother with prostate cancer
Other people at risk:
- Men who have been around agent orange
- Men who use too much alcohol
- Men who eat a diet high in fat, especially animal fat
- Tire plant workers
- Men who have been around cadmium