Most men facing prostate cancer have three main concerns about this disease: getting rid of the cancer, maintaining sexual function and maintaining urinary function. The prostate is surrounded by delicate nerves that support urinary and sexual function. Most patients are candidates for what is known as a nerve-sparing prostatectomy. The surgeon removes the cancerous prostate while taking extra steps to preserve these critical nerves.
The advanced technology of the da Vinci System allows surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control – taking surgery beyond the limits of the human hand. Ask your doctor about da Vinci Surgery as well as what you can expect for recovery of urinary function.
da Vinci Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer
All surgery presents risk, including da Vinci Surgery. Results, including cosmetic results, may vary. Serious complications may occur in any surgery, up to and including death. Examples of serious and life-threatening complications, which may require hospitalization, include injury to tissues or organs; bleeding; infection, and internal scarring that can cause long-lasting dysfunction or pain. Temporary pain or nerve injury has been linked to the inverted position often used during abdominal and pelvic surgery. Patients should understand that risks of surgery include potential for human error and potential for equipment failure. Risk specific to minimally invasive surgery may include: a longer operative time; the need to convert the procedure to an open approach; or the need for additional or larger incision sites. Converting the procedure to open could mean a longer operative time, long time under anesthesia, and could lead to increased complications. Research suggests that there may be an increased risk of incision-site hernia with single-incision surgery. Patients who bleed easily, have abnormal blood clotting, are pregnant or morbidly obese are typically not candidates for minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci Surgery. Other surgical approaches are available. Patients should review the risks associated with all surgical approaches. They should talk to their doctors about their surgical experience and to decide if da Vinci is right for them. For more complete information on surgical risks, safety and indications for use, please refer to http://www.davincisurgery.com/da-vinci-surgery/safety-information.php.
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