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What does robotic prostate surgery treat?
Robotic prostate surgery is used to treat men with a diagnosis of organ confined prostate cancer.
Who is robotic prostate surgery suitable for?
Robotic prostate surgery is suitable for men who have a diagnosis of localised prostate cancer.
What is involved in robotic prostate surgery?
Robotic prostate surgery 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 robotic prostate surgery take?
On average the robotic prostate surgery operation takes between 1 -1.5 hrs
What are the complications of robotic prostate surgery?
As with all forms of surgery there are risks associated to robotic prostate surgery, 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.