To operate using the robotic system, the surgeon makes tiny incisions in your body and insert miniaturized instruments and a high-definition three-dimensional camera
Then, from a nearby console, your surgeon manipulates those instruments to perform the operation. In this surgery, the whole prostate containing the cancer needs to be removed so as to achieve the best possible cure and prevent the cancer from spreading.
Compared with traditional open surgery, patients who undergo robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy experience:
Less blood loss
Shorter hospital stays
Faster recovery times.
Using the advanced surgical system, miniaturized robotic instruments are passed through several small keyhole incisions in the patient’s abdomen to allow the surgeon to remove the prostate and nearby tissues with great precision. This is much less invasive than a conventional radical retropubic prostatectomy, which involves an abdominal incision that extends from the belly button to the pubic bone.
During a robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy, a three-dimensional endoscope and image processing equipment are used to provide a magnified view of delicate structures surrounding the prostate gland (e.g., nerves, blood vessels and muscles), allowing optimal preservation of these vital structures. The prostate is eventually removed through one of the keyhole incisions.
For most of the surgery, the surgeon is seated at a computer console and manipulates tiny wristed instruments that offer a range of motion far greater than the human wrist.