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.

  • Collaboration. At Mayo Clinic, men considering robotic prostatectomy are cared for by a multidisciplinary team of experts that collaborate on care. Team members may include urologists, radiologists, pathologists, oncologists and radiation oncologists.
  • Experience. Mayo Clinic surgeons have extensive experience performing robotic prostatectomies. Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors complete over 1,000 prostatectomies. Research shows operations performed by experienced surgeons tend to result in better outcomes and fewer complications.
  • Expertise. Robotic prostatectomy is a complex procedure that requires highly skilled and extensively trained surgeons. Mayo Clinic doctors are specially trained in robotic surgery in order to provide you with the best care.
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At Mayo Clinic, specialists in urology collaborate with a multidisciplinary team to provide expert, whole-person care for men considering robotic prostatectomy.

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At Mayo Clinic, specialists in urology collaborate with a multidisciplinary team to provide expert, whole-person care for men considering robotic prostatectomy.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 904-953-0853 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

At Mayo Clinic, specialists in urology collaborate with a multidisciplinary team to provide expert, whole-person care for men considering robotic prostatectomy.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 507-538-3270 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

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Mayo Clinic doctors and scientists are studying ways to improve robotic prostatectomy procedures. They are also evaluating quality of life and operative outcomes.

Researchers in the Department of Urology are engaged in continuous research to advance new treatment options for prostate cancer and other urologic conditions.

Cancer research is conducted in coordination with the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center receives funding from the National Cancer Institute and is designated as a comprehensive cancer center — recognition for an institution's scientific excellence and multidisciplinary resources focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Publications

See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic authors on robotic prostatectomy on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

Jun. 24, 2014