Robotic Prostate Surgery

da Vinci ® Prostatectomy
If your urologist recommends surgery to treat your prostate cancer, you may be a candidate for a new, less invasive approach to surgery called da Vinci® Prostatectomy. This approach to prostatectomy provides access to the internal anatomy through five small incisions. The surgeon is empowered to perform a very precise, nerve-sparing operation with the da Vinci ® Surgical System. For the patient, da Vinci ® Prostatectomy may result in more complete eradication of cancer, retention of bladder control and potency.robotic prostatectomy

Robotic surgery is minimally-invasisve surgery performed with the assistance of a robot that extends the capabilities of the surgeon. 

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) allows physicians to perform many kinds of major surgery with less patient trauma and pain, minimal scarring, faster recovery and shorter hospital stays. Surgeries are performed through small incisions, which replace the large incisions needed for conventional open surgeries.

The use of robotics takes minimally invasive techniques into a new era, further minimizing the da Vinciphysical and emotional impact of surgery on patients. Robotic technology takes surgery beyond the limits of the human hand, introducing precise, versatile instrument movement combined with three-dimensional visualization of the operative site. By integrating computer-enhanced technology with the surgeon’s skill, the robotic-assisted surgical technology enables surgeons to enhance healing and promote well-being by performing minimally invasive surgery in a manner never before experienced.

The robotic surgical system is operated by a surgeon sitting a few feet away from the patient at a console. Using a high-powered camera, the surgeon guides the arms of the robot that holds surgical tools which are inserted into the patient through small, keyhole-sized incisions.

wristThe device has wristed instruments, which allow the surgeon to move his own hands the way he would in a traditional surgery with precision, extraordinary control and range of motion. In addition, the robot's video monitoring system provides a three-dimensional view of the surgery with magnification ten times that of the naked eye allowing surgeons the ability to see the operating field more clearly.

Saint Joseph’s Center for Robotic Surgery features the daVinci-S Surgical System, made by Intuitive Surgical, Inc. The davinci-S is the most advanced robotic surgical system available.  It is Saint Joseph’s third daVinci robot and the first daVinci-S in clinical service in the world.  The daVinci-S, a minimally-invasive surgical system, provides surgeons with enhanced features including an interactive video display, lower profile arms and greater mobility.

robotThe da Vinci Surgical System consists of an ergonomically designed surgeon’s console, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance vision system and proprietary EndoWrist® Instruments. Powered by state-of-the-art robotic technology, the surgeon’s hand movements are scaled, filtered and seamlessly translated into precise movements of the EndoWrist Instruments.

The system cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions on its own. The da Vinci System requires that every surgical maneuver be performed with direct input from your surgeon. The da Vinci Surgical System has been successfully used in tens of thousands of minimally invasive procedures worldwide.

Next: Learn more about the benefits of robotic surgery for prostate cancer.

For more information about robotic surgery, call 1-866-SJ-ROBOT (1-866-757-6268).