Robotic Prostatectomy for Prostate Cancer


Scott Tully, MD, of Urology Centers of Alabama, describes the surgical process for robotic prostatectomy. He explains the various phases before and after the procedure, and how this new technology is more advantageous than the prior 2-D flat screen approach. This advancement in visualization allows his team to perform more accurate and precise procedures.

Prostate cancer, a malignancy that develops in the prostate gland, is often treated successfully in its early stages with surgery. Surgeons who treat prostate cancer have two goals: eradicating the patient’s cancer while safeguarding the nerves that control urinary and sexual function. Surgeons with the most extensive experience performing robotic prostatectomy are more likely to achieve these goals.

Robotic prostatectomy, also know as robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy, is the most advanced treatment option for patients who are candidates for surgery. Operating through five or six tiny holes in the abdomen, surgeons remove the cancerous tissue while preserving the vital nerves and arteries that control bladder and sexual function. This nerve sparing prostatectomy approach helps men retain their urinary control and sexual function.

In the past year I had three patients undergo this procedure with great results.

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