• da Vinci Prostate Cancer Surgery

    Minimally invasive surgery with less recovery time

    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.

    In 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.

    An advanced new option

    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.


  • Why consider da Vinci prostate surgery?

    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.

  • Prostatectomy using da Vinci also offers several other potential benefits:

    • More precise removal of cancerous tissue
    • Ability to perform nerve sparing surgery, which enables faster return of erectile function and a better chance for the return of urinary continence
    • Lower rate of major complications, including a lower risk of infection and nerve injury
    • Fewer days with a catheter
  • Comparison of an open prostate surgery incision (left) and da Vinci surgery incisions (right).


  • Am I eligible for da Vinci surgery?

    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.

    Where can I find da Vinci surgery?

    Prostate surgery performed using da Vinci is offered at Holston Valley Medical Center and Bristol Regional Medical Center.

  • How do I get started?

    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.

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  • Hands cradling da Vinci surgical instrument

    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.