Treating Prostate Cancer with Robotics

October 22, 2014

Cancer fighting technology is continually evolving and we’re always striving at Austin Urology Institute to provide the best and most advanced care. One of the foremost examples of this commitment is our robotic surgery unit, which is capable of treating prostate cancer in unprecedented ways.

How is prostate cancer treated with robotics?

A radical robotic prostatectomy is done to remove the entire prostate and seminal vesicles (which also secrete semen). For patients with prostate cancer confined to the prostate, the chance of cure with surgery alone at 10 years (with an undetectable PSA) is more than 90 percent. Most patients are able to leave the hospital within 48 hours with 5 small incisions, and minimal pain. Although the incidence of operative complications with radical prostatectomy is quite low, the primary postoperative side effects are urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction. The surgery itself is an inpatient procedure, about 3 hours long, and requires at least 1-2 days in the hospital afterwards. It is performed under general anesthesia. The robot is controlled by the surgeon from about 10 feet away, and the prostate is removed in a bag through the midline incision.