Minimally Invasive Treatment For Prostate Cancer

Referred to by many as robot­ic surgery for prostate can­cer, or robot­ic prosta­te­c­to­my, da Vin­ci Prosta­te­c­to­my is more accu­rate­ly a robot-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.

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. And, 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.

da Vin­ci 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

Imag­ine major surgery per­formed through the small­est of inci­sions. Imag­ine hav­ing the ben­e­fits of a defin­i­tive treat­ment but with the poten­tial for sig­nif­i­cant­ly less pain, a short­er hos­pi­tal stay, faster return to nor­mal dai­ly activ­i­ties as well as the poten­tial for bet­ter clin­i­cal outcomes.

In prostate can­cer treat­ment, mil­lime­ters mat­ter. Nerve fibers and blood ves­sels are attached to the prostate gland. To spare these nerves, they must be del­i­cate­ly and pre­cise­ly sep­a­rat­ed from the prostate before its removal. Sur­geons use the pre­ci­sion, vision and con­trol pro­vid­ed by da Vin­ci to assist them in removal of the can­cer­ous prostate while pre­serv­ing impor­tant nerves and blood vessels.

In terms of can­cer con­trol, in sev­er­al large pub­lished stud­ies, da Vin­ci Prosta­te­c­to­my has shown equal or low­er rates of pos­i­tive sur­gi­cal mar­gins (mean­ing mar­gins with can­cer cells left behind) than large stud­ies of oth­er forms of surgery.

Oth­er great con­cerns for prostate can­cer patients: uri­nary con­ti­nence and sex­u­al func­tion after treat­ment. Stud­ies show patients who under­go a da Vin­ci Prosta­te­c­to­my may expe­ri­ence a faster return of uri­nary con­ti­nence fol­low­ing surgery and a low­er rates of uri­nary pain than radi­a­tion (brachyther­a­py) patients. Sev­er­al stud­ies also show that patients who are potent pri­or to surgery have expe­ri­enced a high lev­el of recov­ery of sex­u­al func­tion (defined as an erec­tion for inter­course) with­in a year fol­low­ing da Vin­ci Surgery. Talk to your sur­geon about rea­son­able expec­ta­tions for recov­ery of sex­u­al func­tion and a reha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram that may include exer­cis­es and drug therapy.

It is impor­tant to know that da Vin­ci surgery does not place a robot at the con­trols; your sur­geon is always in con­trol of every aspect of the surgery with the assis­tance of the da Vin­ci robot­ic sur­gi­cal system.

While clin­i­cal stud­ies sup­port the effec­tive­ness of the da Vin­ci Sys­tem when used in min­i­mal­ly inva­sive surgery, indi­vid­ual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vin­ci Sur­gi­cal Sys­tem may not be appro­pri­ate for every indi­vid­ual. Always ask your doc­tor about all treat­ment options, as well as their risks and benefits.

Con­tent pro­vid­ed by Intu­itive Sur­gi­cal. For more infor­ma­tion on this top­ic, please vis­it www​.davin​cisurgery​.com