Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, affecting 1 in 6 men. In fact, 1 in 10,000 men under age 40 will be diagnosed this year. The rate shoots up to 1 in 39 for ages 40 to 59, and 1 in 14 for ages 60 to 69 (Prostate Cancer Foundation). However, promising new treatment options have been developed to help combat this threatening disease.
One of the most innovative forms of treatment is robotic prostatectomy using the da Vinci® Surgical System. Metro Health Hospital is now one of only a handful of facilities across the country offering this minimally invasive, state-of-the-art procedure.
da Vinci® Prostatectomy is a robot-assisted, minimally invasive surgery that is quickly becoming the preferred treatment for removal of the prostate following early diagnosis of prostate cancer. 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 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.
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 da Vinci Prostatectomy may offer improved cancer control and a faster return to potency and continence.
da Vinci Prostatectomy also offers these potential benefits:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Fewer complications
- Less scarring
- A shorter hospital stay
- A faster return to normal daily activities
As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific. While prostatectomy performed using the da Vinci Surgical System is considered safe and effective, this procedure may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.