In the past, most surgical procedures were performed through large, open incisions. Now, the advanced robotic arms and monitoring systems of the daVinci® robot allows many of these same procedures to be performed through incisions only centimeters long. Patients can now enjoy shorter recovery times, fewer surgical complications, reduced discomfort, and less scarring thanks to the daVinci® minimally invasive surgical approach.
One of the procedures that has benefitted from this robot-assisted surgical technology is the prostatectomy. When performed using the open surgical approach, large incisions had to be made to access the pelvic organs and provide the surgeon with the visibility necessary to extract the gland. The advanced technology of the daVinci® robotic system has the ability to eliminate these complications by providing surgeons with unparalleled precision.
The prostate is a small gland that is not only tightly confined, but is also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary continence and sexual function. With past techniques, many men experienced lengthy recoveries and some had problems with continence and erectile dysfunction. The daVinci® surgical system improves these outcomes in the following ways:
- Faster return of function
The robotic arms of the daVinci® surgical system have the unique ability to translate the surgeon’s hand movements into smaller ones, while also filtering out any hand tremor. The improved precision of this surgical method provides patients with a faster return of erectile function and a better chance for the return of urinary continence.
- Shorter hospital stay
Patients who underwent daVinci® prostatectomy had, on average, a much shorter hospital stay and a significantly faster recovery time over those who had open surgery.
- Better control of disease
For men suffering from prostate cancer, studies have shown that an experienced daVinci® surgeon is more likely to achieve better control over the disease and leave fewer cancer cells behind.
At Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, our surgical staff understands that any urological procedure can lead to a great deal of anxiety in most men. For this reason, we offer the advanced precision and performance of the daVinci® robotic surgical system. If you would like to learn more about the many advantages of this state-of-the-art surgical approach, contact Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center at (877) 888-5746.