Robotic Surgery Prostatectomy
Robotic surgery prostatectomy is 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 robotic prostatectomy may be the most effective, least invasive prostate surgery performed today, offering improved cancer control and a faster return to potency and continence.
Though any cancer diagnosis can be traumatic, the good news is that if your doctor recommends prostate surgery, the cancer was probably caught early. And, with robotic prostatectomy, the likelihood of a complete recovery without long-term side effects is, for most patients, better than it has ever been.
While clinical studies support the effectiveness of robotic surgery when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. As with any surgery, benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient and procedure specific. The potential benefits for most robotic surgery patients, however, include:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Fewer complications
- Less scarring
- Shorter hospital stay
- Quicker return to normal daily activities
Although prostatectomies performed using robotic surgery are considered safe and effective, robotic surgery may not be appropriate for everyone. If you are a prostatectomy candidate, talk to your physician to determine if robotic surgery is right for you. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as the risks and benefits of each.
Patient results may vary. Consult your physician about the benefits and risks of any surgical procedure or treatment.
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