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Robotic (Radical) Prostatectomy

A diagnosis of prostate cancer can be very scary. Though any diagnosis of cancer can be traumatic, the good news is that if your doctor recommends prostate surgery, the cancer was probably caught early. Fortunately, if the cancer is caught in its early stages, you’re likely a good candidate for surgery.

Robotic surgery is quickly becoming the preferred treatment for most men with prostate cancer. In fact, studies suggest that a robotic prostatectomy may be the most effective, least invasive prostate surgery performed today. 1 

With an early diagnosis of prostate cancer and the state-of-the-art technology of the da Vinci® Surgical System, a robotic prostatectomy offers a minimally invasive way to remove the prostate, with less pain and a shorter recovery time. Using only a few small incisions, a da Vinci robotic prostatectomy allows for unmatched surgical precision and control. And, with a 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. Recent studies also suggest that robotic prostatectomy may offer improved cancer control and a faster return to potency and continence. 1


Benefits of Robotic Prostatectomy:
  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Less scarring
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • And a faster return to normal daily activities

If you are a candidate for prostate surgery, please contact us at any time to learn more about robotic prostatectomy at Rochester General Hospital.

1.Most effective minimally invasive surgery in terms of cancer control, potency and continence, cancer control being defined in part by margin rates and PSA test scores. The following studies provide support for da Vinci Prostatectomy's effectiveness in these three areas: Ahlering TE, Woo D, Eichel L, Lee DI, Edwards R, Skarecky DW. Robot-assisted versus open radical prostatectomy: a comparison of one surgeon's outcomes. Urology. 2004 May;63(5):819-22. Menon M, Tewari A, Peabody JO, Shrivastava A, Kaul S, Bhandari A, Hemal AK. Vattikuti Institute prostatectomy, a technique of robotic radical prostatectomy for management of localized carcinoma of the prostate: experience of over 1100 cases. Urol Clin North Am. 2004 Nov;31(4):701-17. Tewari A, Srivasatava A, Menon M; Members of the VIP Team. A prospective comparison of radical retropubic and robot-assisted prostatectomy: experience in one institution. BJU Int. 2003 Aug;92(3):205-10. Please also see the Clinical References section of the site for additional clinical support.