Referred to by many as robotic surgery for prostate cancer or robotic prostatectomy, a da Vinci prostatectomy is more accurately a robot-assisted, minimally invasive surgery that is quickly becoming the preferred treatment for removal of the prostate following early diagnosis of prostate cancer. In fact, studies suggest that a da Vinci prostatectomy may be the most effective, least invasive prostate surgery performed today.
Though any diagnosis of cancer can be traumatic, the good news is that if your doctor recommends prostate surgery, the cancer was probably caught early. And, with a da Vinci prostatectomy, the likelihood of a complete recovery from prostate cancer without long-term side effects is, for most patients, better than it has ever been.
A da Vinci prostatectomy is performed with the assistance of the da Vinci Surgical System - the latest evolution in robotics technology. The da Vinci Surgical System enables surgeons to operate with unmatched precision and control using only a few small incisions. Recent studies suggest that a da Vinci prostatectomy may offer improved cancer control and a faster return to potency and continence.
Potential benefits include:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Fewer complications
- Less scarring
- A shorter hospital stay
- A faster return to normal daily activities
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Our da Vinci specialists
Naveen Pokala, MD
Am I a candidate for da Vinci surgery?
If you are a candidate for prostate surgery, ask your doctor about the da Vinci Surgical System. For a consultation with a University of Missouri Health Care da Vinci Surgery specialist, call (573) 882-8445.