Patients at the Prostate Cancer Center may opt for robotic-assisted surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System. One of the latest advances in surgery, the da Vinci system is a minimally invasive technique that allows surgeons to control four robotic arms with greater precision than the human hand allows. da Vinci allows a surgeon’s hand movements to be scaled, filtered and translated into precise movements of the four micro-instruments used to perform the surgery.
The da Vinci Surgical System incorporates the latest advances in robotics and computer technology to provide surgeons with an important new tool for the operating room. A surgeon sits at a console viewing a three-dimensional image of the surgical field through the laparoscopic camera. He or she controls the movements of miniature instruments on the end of robotic arms that enter the patient through several tiny incisions.
Some of the advantages of a da Vinci prostatectomy include less blood loss and scarring, faster recovery and shorter hospital stays. Patients should consult their physician about the risks and benefits of da Vinci surgery.