Prostate removal is one of the key treatment options for prostate cancer. During a prostatectomy, the entire prostate is removed to excise the cancer and prevent it from spreading to surrounding tissues. To reduce the risks associated with major surgery, Ogden Clinic urologists in Utah complete robotic prostatectomies through the da Vinci Surgical System.
Before undergoing a robotic prostatectomy at Ogden Clinic, patients will need to fast and refrain from taking certain medications. It is also advised to stop using tobacco before your procedure, as tobacco reduces oxygen in the blood and interferes with proper healing.
For the duration of the procedure, you will be under general anesthesia. Your doctor will make 5 small incisions on the lower abdomen and then insert robotic surgical tools to complete the operation. Your doctor will be able to clearly view the operation area through cameras mounted on the equipment. They will then use the robot-assisted tools’ precise movements to carefully remove the prostate through one of the incisions. The doctor will then add suturing inside the body (intracorporeal suturing) to minimize the risk of complications.
After surgery, you will need to refrain from strenuous activity for 3 to 4 weeks. Following prostate removal, you may experience some level of urinary incontinence and changes in sexual performance.
The use of robotic surgery provides patients with many benefits, including a quicker healing process, faster return to normal activities, less risk of infection, reduced blood loss, less scarring and pain, and a shorter stay in the hospital. Robot-assisted surgery also facilitates greater control for doctors during surgery, abating potential injury and leading to better chances for a positive outcome over traditional open surgery.
While most patients with prostate cancer are candidates for a robot prostatectomy, your doctor will need to review your case and medical history before deeming it an appropriate treatment option.
Have you recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer? Contact the Urology Department at Ogden Clinic in Utah to schedule an appointment to learn more about robotic prostatectomies.