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The following table looks at patient outcomes following surgery for prostate cancer (radical prostatectomy), and compares "best in class" data from three types of surgery. As you can see, da Vinci Prostatectomy (dVP) shows measurable advantages as compared to both conventional open surgery (open), performed through large incisions, as well as conventional minimally invasive laparoscopic (lap) surgery.

Post-Operative Results of da Vinci Prostatectomy

da Vinci Surgery - Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer


  1. Patel VR, Thaly R, Shah K.Robotic radical prostatectomy: outcomes of 500 cases. BJU Int. 2007 May;99(5):1109-12.
  2. Scardino PT. Open Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy. Presented at the American Urological Association’s Carcinoma of the Prostate Course, San Francisco, California, Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 2005
  3. Touijer K, Kuroiwa K, Saranchuk JW, Hassen WA, Trabulsi EJ, Reuter VE, Guillonneau B. Quality improvement in laparoscopic radical prostatectomy for pT2 prostate cancer: impact of video documentation review on positive surgical margin. J Urol. 2005 Mar;173(3):765-8. p. 766 (Results)
  4. Bhandari, A., McIntire, L., Kaul, S.A., Hemal, A.K., Peabody, J.O., and Menon, M. (2005). Perioperative complications of robotic radical prostatectomy after the learning curve. J Urol 174, 915-918.
  5. Brown, J.A., Garlitz, C., Gomella, L.G., McGinnis, D.E., Diamond, S.M., and Strup, S.E. (2004). Perioperative morbidity of laparoscopic radical prostatectomy compared with open radical retropubic prostatectomy. Urologic oncology 22, 102-106.
  6. Guillonneau, B., Rozet, F., Cathelineau, X., Lay, F., Barret, E., Doublet, J.D., Baumert, H., and Vallancien, G. (2002). Perioperative complications of laparoscopic radical prostatectomy: the Montsouris 3-year experience. The Journal of urology 167, 51-56.
  7. Locke, DR, Klimberg IW and Sessions RP. Robotic Radical Prostatectomy With Continence And Potency Sparing Technique: An Analysis Of The First 250 Cases. Submitted To Journal Of Urology, Publication Date TBD. p. 5 table 4.1
  8. Walsh PC. Patient-reported urinary continence and sexual function after anatomic radical prostatectomy. J Urol. 2000 Jul;164(1):242. p. 59 table 1.
  9. Goeman, L., Salomon, L., La De Taille, A., Vordos, D., Hoznek, A., Yiou, R., and Abbou, C.C. (2006). Long-term functional and oncological results after retroperitoneal laparoscopic prostatectomy according to a prospective evaluation of 550 patients. World J Urol 24, 281-288.
  10. Kaul, S., Bhandari, A., Hemal, A., Savera, A., Shrivastava, A., and Menon, M. (2005). Robotic radical prostatectomy with preservation of the prostatic fascia: a feasibility study. Urology 66, 1261-1265.
  11. Parsons JK, Marschke P, Maples P, Walsh PC. Effect of methylprednisolone on return of sexual function after nerve-sparing radical retropubic prostatectomy. Urology. 2004 Nov;64(5):987-90.
  12. Su, L.M., Link, R.E., Bhayani, S.B., Sullivan, W., and Pavlovich, C.P. (2004). Nerve-sparing laparoscopic radical prostatectomy: replicating the open surgical technique. Urology 64, 123
  13. Dahl DM, L'esperance JO, Trainer AF, Jiang Z, Gallagher K, Litwin DE, Blute RD Jr. “Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy: initial 70 cases at a U.S. university medical center.”Urology. 2002 Nov;60(5):859-63.

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Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery, up to and including death. Examples of serious or life-threatening complications, which may require prolonged and/or unexpected hospitalization and/or reoperation, include but are not limited to, one or more of the following: injury to tissues/organs, bleeding, infection and internal scarring that can cause long-lasting dysfunction/pain. Risks of surgery also include the potential for equipment failure and/or human error. Individual surgical results may vary.

Risks specific to minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci ® Surgery, include but are not limited to, one or more of the following: temporary pain/nerve injury associated with positioning; temporary pain/discomfort from the use of air or gas in the procedure; a longer operation and time under anesthesia and conversion to another surgical technique. If your doctor needs to convert the surgery to another surgical technique, this could result in a longer operative time, additional time under anesthesia, additional or larger incisions and/or increased complications.

Patients who are not candidates for non-robotic minimally invasive surgery are also not candidates for da Vinci® Surgery. Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if da Vinci ® Surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision. For Important Safety Information, including surgical risks, indications, and considerations and contraindications for use, please also refer to www.davincisurgery.com/safety and www.intuitivesurgical.com/safety. Unless otherwise noted, all people depicted are models.

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