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.
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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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