Great strides have been taken in the field of prostate cancer surgery, helping thousands of men retain sexual function and enjoy a normal life following surgery. These advances in surgical techniques and equipment stem from a deeper understanding of anatomy, urinary continence and sexual functions. These break-throughs in technology and technique have helped reduce the frequency of erectile dysfunction and incontinence in men who have had their prostate removed.
Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy
Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (LRP) involves the surgeon making a series of small incisions along the patient’s abdomen. The surgeon then insets several surgical instruments into the incisions, including a specialized camera called a laparoscope, which are used to remove the prostate. This method of treatment involves less loss of blood than open surgery radical prostatectomy as well as shorter hospital stays and faster recovery times.
Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy
An exciting new innovation to LRP is to remotely use a robotic interface to perform the surgery. As with a laparoscopic prostatectomy, the surgeon makes several small incisions in the patient’s abdomen before then using a series of robotic arms to remove the prostate. The robotic system gives the surgeon a much greater degree of maneuverability and precision than traditional surgical methods. This less invasive method of treatment means the patient experiences less pain and a greatly reduced recovery time. Current studies show that open surgery prostatectomy and RLRP have similar outcomes related to survival rates, urinary function and erectile
dysfunction. Although this technology has only existed since 2003 robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy has become the industry standard. Today, roughly 70%
of robotic prostatectomies are performed using the Da Vinci robotic system.
Robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy is best suited for young men in otherwise good health with small, low-grade cancer.
Talk to your doctor about what kind of options are best for you and how to detect and treat prostate cancer early.