Robotic Prostate Surgery

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common malignancy diagnosed in men. Often surgery to remove the prostate is recommended as the best treatment. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about prostate surgery in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men in the United States, behind only skin cancer. Fortunately, with early detection and proper treatment, the five-year survival rate is almost 100 percent.

If your doctor recommends removing your prostate, it can be done with open surgery or as a minimally-invasive procedurewhether traditional laparoscopy or robotic-assisted. In a minimally-invasive case, the doctor operates through a few small incisions using long instruments and a tiny camera to guide him or her during surgery.

Robotic surgery features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. This gives the doctor enhanced vision, precision and control during the operation.

Men who have robotic-assisted prostate surgery are shown to have fewer complications, less blood loss, and a shorter hospital stay. They also have a faster return of sexual function and urinary continence, and fewer days with a catheter.

If youre facing surgery for prostate cancer, consider all your options.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.