Surgery to remove your cancerous prostate and the surrounding lymph nodes is called a radical prostatectomy. It is one of the most commonly used treatment options for prostate cancer that is confined to the organ, and it is highly effective.
At Urology San Antonio, our surgeons use minimally-invasive robotic technology that requires 5 dime-sized incisions rather than a traditional 6-8 inch incision. Patients usually recover within 2-3 weeks.
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With robotic surgery, your surgeon sits at console a few feet away from the operating room table, and he or she manipulates tiny instruments at the end of probes that have been inserted into your abdomen. The surgeon's console screen provides 3-D, high definition view of the operating field at 10x magnification, which helps him or her see clearly in the small pelvic space. Additionally, the robot technology scales down the surgeon's hand movements and filters out any unsteadiness, allowing for finer control inside the pelvic cavity and potentially better results for sparing the nerves involved in erections.
Nerve Sparing Procedure
The nerves that control erectile function run along the edge of the prostate. Oftentimes your surgeon must cut through the nerves to remove the cancer. Whenever possible, your surgeon avoid cut around the nereves or carefully peel them away the prostate to minimize the the effect on your erections.