Robot-assisted radical prostatectomy, also called robotic prostatectomy, is a procedure to remove the prostate in which a surgeon uses a sophisticated, computer-enhanced system to guide the surgical tools.

Robotic prostatectomy is an option for men with prostate cancer. During the procedure, the surgeon removes the prostate and, in some cases, the surrounding lymph nodes.

Robotic prostatectomy allows a surgeon to use smaller and more precise movements, which translates into smaller incisions, less blood loss and the likelihood of a faster overall recovery.

About robotic prostatectomy

During robotic prostatectomy, your surgeon sits at a remote control console a short distance from you and the operating table and precisely controls the motion of the surgical instruments using two hand-and-finger control devices. The console displays a magnified, 3-D view of the surgical area that enables the surgeon to visualize the procedure in much greater detail than in traditional laparoscopic surgery.

The surgeon can make incisions with great precision, which often leads to fast healing. The robotic approach also enables nerve-sparing techniques that may preserve both sexual potency and continence in the appropriately selected person.

Robotic prostatectomy can result in reduced pain and blood loss, a shorter hospital stay, and a quicker recovery period than a traditional prostatectomy. You usually can return to normal activity, with minor restrictions, two to four weeks after surgery.

Jun. 24, 2014