Robot-Assisted Prostate Surgery
Minimally Invasive Approach Reduces Pain, Speeds Recovery
Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer found in men in the United States. (Skin cancer is first.) As many as one in six American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. A unique treatment option available at Scott & White uses state-of-the-art technology to get patients back on their feet sooner and with less pain.
Robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy is a technique to remove the entire prostate gland and seminal vesicles as a treatment for prostate cancer. Scott & White uses the most technologically advanced robotic surgery platform available: the da Vinci® Si HD Surgical System, manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, Inc. The da Vinci Si provides our surgeons with superior live 3D visualization and magnification of the surgical area, plus greatly enhanced precision, dexterity and control.
One concern patients have when they consider robotic laparoscopy is that their surgery will actually be performed by a robot.
“That’s not the case,” explains Kristofer R. Wagner, MD, Director of Robotic Surgery. “The robotic instruments we use cannot move without our command. All actions are initiated by the surgeons, who are alongside the patient every step of the way. The beauty of this technology is that the robotic functionality is so much more precise than human movement. This helps spare the nerves needed for restoring normal functionality.”
Major benefits include:
- Less pain and blood loss
- Less scarring, due to tiny
- Shorter recovery time and hospital stay
- Quicker return to daily activities
Scott & White's Experienced Surgical Team
The Scott & White team has developed a patient program to provide you with the highest quality care throughout your brief hospital stay.
Kristofer R. Wagner, MD and Patrick Lowry, MD perform the robot-assisted prostate surgery together. Both are urologists with fellowship training in minimally invasive surgery and specialty training and experience in robot-assisted surgery.