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What does it treat?
Robotic surgery is used to treat men with a diagnosis of organ confined prostate cancer.
Who is this suitable for?
Men who have a diagnosis of localised prostate cancer.
It begins with a general anaesthetic, meaning that the man is asleep during the entire procedure. Then 6 small incisions in the abdomen are placed to allow the passage of a 3d telescopic camera and robotic instruments. These are used to surgically remove the prostate rejoining the bladder onto the urethra and in certain circumstances sparing erectile nerves to the penis.
How long does it take?
On average the operation takes between 1 -1.5 hrs
What are the complications ?
As with all forms of surgery there are risks including bleeding and a risk of a blood transfusion, although this is now exceedingly rare; infections and mild pain are also possible. From a functional perspective most men will experience a period of urinary incontinence which can be greatly helped by diligence with pelvic floor exercises. Erections will go in almost most men and need to be recovered with time and the aid of erectile medications.