Prostatectomy, a procedure to remove a cancerous prostate, is traditionally performed by open surgery through a large incision. A newer alternative, which is minimally invasive, can be done laparoscopically through a few small incisions in the abdomen.
laparoscopic procedures, surgeons use long-handled instruments and a very small camera that sends images from inside the body to a video monitor to guide them as they operate.
Now, minimally invasive prostatectomy can be performed using the da Vinci Surgical System, which uses the latest advancements in robotics and computer technology to completely remove the cancerous prostate.
Learn more in this video about your treatment options, including da Vinci surgery and its potential benefits.
The da Vinci system features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and flexible instruments, which enable doctors to operate with enhanced vision and precision.
Compared to traditional techniques, the very small incisions used in robotic surgery drastically reduce patients' time in the hospital and reduce recovery time so patients can get back to activities they enjoy sooner.
Comparison of an open prostate surgery incision (left) and da Vinci surgery incisions (right).
That’s a question to ask your doctor. Clinical studies suggest da Vinci surgery is effective for prostatectomy. Since individual results may vary, it’s important to discuss treatment and surgical options, as well as the risks and benefits of each with your physician.
With the enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control da Vinci provides, Wellmont patients have a variety of options to avoid the large incisions and longer recovery times required by traditional prostatectomy.
Prostate surgery performed using da Vinci is offered at Holston Valley Medical Center and Bristol Regional Medical Center.
If you're looking for more information or have questions about minimally invasive da Vinci robotic surgery,
please contact us or speak to your primary care provider or a da Vinci-trained surgeon.
Prostatectomy procedures with the da Vinci system are performed near you.
Very small surgical instruments used with the da Vinci system help make minimally invasive procedures possible. Da Vinci translates your doctor’s hand movements into the smaller, more precise movements of these instruments inside your body.
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