What is Robotic Prostatectomy?
Robotic prostatectomy is the surgical removal of the prostate with the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System to treat localised prostate cancer. The robot allows this complex surgery to be performed through a few small incisions and provides many benefits to the patient over traditional open surgery.
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Who Is Robotic Prostatectomy For?
For patients with clinically localised prostate cancer, robotic prostatectomy provides patients with a safe and minimally invasive technique for removal of the prostate gland, while preserving as much of the surrounding nerve structures responsible for penile erections.
In select patients with locally invasive or metastatic cancer, morbid obesity, bleeding tendencies, or severe heart or lung problems, robotic prostatectomy may not be advised.
What are the benefits?
Robotic prostatectomy provides many benefits over traditional open surgery:
- Small keyhole incisions
- Less pain
- Less scarring
- Less blood loss
- Lower complication rate
- Shorter hospital stay
- Quicker return of continence
- Quicker recovery and return to normal activity
What happens During Surgery?
This operation is performed under general anaesthetic. The robotic 3 dimensional camera and robotic arms are inserted through a series of small (8mm) incisions in the abdomen.
The surgeon controls the arms via a remote console in the operating theatre. The prostate is dissected free from the bladder and surrounding structures. The bladder is then joined to the urethra over a catheter tube. This catheter will remain in place for seven days while the join heals.
How long will I stay in hospital?
Most men stay in hospital for two days, however many go home the day after the operation.
Occasionally a complication will result in a longer hospital stay.
What is my recovery time?
It takes three to four weeks for the abdominal incisions to heal completely, so you should avoid heavy lifting during that time.
You may have some swelling in the scrotum and penis after surgery, which will resolve with time
Self Pay Surgery Costs for Robotic Prostatectomy Surgery
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Do you qualify for This Self Pay Procedure?
You are suitable for this surgery if:
- You have a Body Mass Index under 40
- You are over 16 years of age
- You are not pregnant
- You do not require complex rehabilitation or have a chronic disease that would require immediate post-operative care in an intensive care unit
- You do not have sickle cell anaemia, renal failure or have had a cardiac arrest or cardiac intervention (e.g. insertions of stents) in the last six months
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