One of the most common treatments for prostate cancer involves the surgical removal of the prostate gland, known as radical prostatectomy. Traditionally radical prostatectomy requires a large, 8-10 inch incision.
If your doctor recommends surgery to treat your prostate cancer, you may be a candidate for a new, less invasive surgical procedure called da Vinci® Prostatectomy. This procedure incorporates a state-of-the-art surgical system that helps your surgeon see vital anatomical structures more clearly and to perform a more precise surgical procedure. The da Vinci® Surgical System has been successfully used in thousands of prostate cancer procedures worldwide.
da Vinci® Prostatectomy is the most predominant standard of care in Australia for prostate cancer. 47% of prostatectomies are being done this way compared to 43% being done through open approaches and 10% through laparoscopic approaches (Peter MacCallum study).
For most patients, da Vinci® Prostatectomy has been shown to offer numerous potential benefits including:
- Reduced scarring
- Reduced blood loss
- Reduced transfusion rate
- Reduced pain
- Shorter hospital stay, and
- Earlier return to work
As with any surgical procedure, these benefits cannot be guaranteed as surgery is both patient and procedure specific.
St George Private Hospital is pleased to offer the latest treatment option for prostate cancer.