Minimally Invasive Robotic Urology Surgery 
Photo of daVinci Surgical System, courtesy of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. 

Robotic Prostatectomy

According to the National Cancer Institute, prostate cancer is the most common male cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men. The standard treatment for prostate cancer is removal of the prostate gland through surgery. Open surgery involves up to an eight-inch incision below the navel to remove the prostate and a portion of the urethra.  

Hahnemann University Hospital now provides an alternative new treatment option with minimally invasive surgical technique known as laparoscopic radical prostatectomy. The advance is made possible by combining surgeon skill with an integrated computer visualization and robotic assistance system. The da Vinci® system’s precise, small incisions result in less bleeding, decreased pain, and quicker recovery times. Patient results are encouraging with sexual potency and continence potentially returning more rapidly than with standard prostate surgery.

Other treatment options available at Hahnemann for patients with prostate cancer include:  

  • Cryosurgery - A procedure in which tissue is frozen to destroy abnormal cells. This is usually done with a special instrument that contains liquid nitrogen or liquid carbon dioxide. Also called cryoablation.
  • IMRT - Intensity-modulated radiation therapy. A type of 3-dimensional radiation therapy that uses computer-generated images to show the size and shape of the tumor. Thin beams of radiation of different intensities are aimed at the tumor from many angles. This type of radiation therapy reduces the damage to healthy tissue near the tumor. Also called intensity-modulated radiation therapy.
  • Seed Implants - Radioactive seed implants, also called brachytherapy, are a newer method of radiation treatment that delivers radiation internally by implanting small radioactive pellets directly into the prostate. The radioactive seeds are implanted either temporarily or permanently. The permanent form of implantation is most commonly used.
  • High Dose Rate (HDR) remote brachytherapy - A type of internal radiation treatment in which the radioactive source is removed between treatments. Also called high-dose-rate remote radiation therapy or remote brachytherapy.
  • Hormonal Therapy - Treatment that adds, blocks, or removes hormones. For certain conditions (such as diabetes or menopause), hormones are given to adjust low hormone levels. To slow or stop the growth of certain cancers (such as prostate and breast cancer), synthetic hormones or other drugs may be given to block the body’s natural hormones. Sometimes surgery is needed to remove the gland that makes a certain hormone. Also called hormone therapy, hormone treatment, or endocrine therapy.
  • Biofeedback for incontinence and erectile dysfunction - A method of learning to voluntarily control certain body functions such as heartbeat, blood pressure, and muscle tension with the help of a special machine. This method can help control pain.  

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