A Minimally-Invasive Robotic Surgery Option for Prostate Cancer
Scripps Health in San Diego has surgeons who possess the expertise necessary to perform robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy for prostate cancer.
Traditional open prostatectomy requires a large incision, results in substantial blood loss and involves a painful recovery. The surgical robots at Scripps assist surgeons with a minimally invasive approach to radical prostatectomy—an operation during which the cancerous prostate gland is removed. Because the procedure is performed through small incisions with surgical instruments that allow for greater maneuverability than is possible with human hands, there are potential advantages of robotic prostatectomy over traditional open surgery.
Most radical prostatectomies performed in the United States are now done robotically. Surgery outcomes are unique to each patient, surgeon and procedure. As such, the benefits of robotic surgery cannot be guaranteed. Robotic prostatectomy may not be appropriate for every patient. If you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer, ask your doctor about all of your treatment options.