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Medical Services : Robotic Surgery : Robotic Surgery for Prostatectomy
Robotic Surgery for Prostatectomy

A number of conditions and illnesses - including prostate cancer, which 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with in their lifetimes - can require urologic surgery.

Bruce's Story: Prostate Cancer

A radical prostatectomy is an operation to remove the prostate gland and some of the tissue around it. It is done to remove prostate cancer.

Traditional procedures require open surgery, which calls for an 8 to 10 inch abdominal incision to access the pelvic organs. With minimally invasive procedures that are available using the robotic surgery system at CoxHealth, the recovery time, amount of pain and scarring may be dramatically reduced.

Robotic surgery is done through small incisions in the belly with robotic arms that translate the surgeon's hand motions into finer and more precise action.

The main goal is to remove all the cancer. Sometimes that means removing the prostate as well as the tissues around it, including a set of nerves to the penis that affect the man's ability to have an erection. Some tumors can be removed using a nerve-sparing technique, which means carefully cutting around those nerves to leave them intact. Nerve-sparing surgery sometimes preserves the man's ability to have an erection.

Call 417/269-INFO or click here to find a physician who performs robotic prostatectomies.

Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, Springfield, Missouri | (417) 875-3000