Facing any kind of urologic surgery can create a lot of anxiety for most men. Will my body function normally after surgery? A common concern and question.Traditional open urologic surgery, in which large incisions are made to access the pelvic organs, had been a standard approach, yet results commonly in significant post-surgical pain, lengthy recovery, and an unpredictable and potentially long-term impact on confidence and sexual function.
The da Vinci ® Surgical System offers the most minimally-invasive approach that utilizes the latest surgical and robotic technologies, and is ideal for delicate urologic surgery. This includes prostatectomy, where the target area is tightly confined and surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.
The gold standard treatment option for men under 70 with early-stage organ-confined cancer is surgical removal of the prostate using nerve sparing radial prostatectomy.
The primary goal of prostatectomy is removal of the cancer. A secondary goal is to preserve urinary function, and when applicable, erectile function. Preservation of the nerves necessary for erections can be an extremely important goal for patients. A nerve sparing prostatectomy attempts to preserve these nerves so the patient may be able to return to his prior erectile function.