Robotic prostatectomy is one of the most common treatments for prostate cancer. It’s minimally invasive, allowing quicker recovery and a reduced risk of complications. At Comprehensive Urology in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, the board-certified urologists regularly complete robotic prostatectomies. Call the office today to make an appointment or book online to learn more.
Robotic prostatectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that removes your entire prostate. The prostate is a gland between your bladder and penis. It produces the seminal fluid that carries semen out of the body during ejaculation.
If you develop prostate cancer, your Comprehensive Urology provider might recommend a robotic prostatectomy to relieve uncomfortable symptoms and prevent the disease from spreading. Treatment is precise, so you can expect smaller incisions and a shorter hospital stay.
A robotic prostatectomy isn’t performed by a robot. Your surgeon’s in control the entire time. During treatment, your Comprehensive Urology provider stands at a computer console in the operating suite.
The console controls a series of robotic arms, magnifying lenses, and surgical tools. These technologies allow your surgeon to magnify the surgical field up to 15 times and make precise cuts. That reduces the risk of infection, blood loss, and other complications.
You need to eat a special diet in the days leading up to surgery. Your Comprehensive Urology provider might also prescribe medication. Follow their instructions carefully. If you smoke, try to quit; tobacco use increases your risk of infection and other complications.
Before a robotic prostatectomy, your Comprehensive Urology provider administers a general anesthetic, putting you to sleep.
When the anesthetic sets in, your provider makes five small incisions in your abdomen. They insert the robotic tools through the incisions and carefully remove your prostate. Your provider removes the robotic tools, sutures the incisions, and moves you to a recovery room for observation.
You’ll stay in the hospital for several days while your body begins healing.
After robotic prostatectomy, it’s important to avoid strenuous exercise and other intensely physical activities for at least three weeks. During your recovery, take your medication as prescribed, get plenty of rest, and drink lots of fluids.
You might experience mild urinary incontinence after surgery, but any leakage should lessen quickly. You can return to work and other regular activities in 2-3 weeks. To ensure your recovery goes smoothly, attend your follow-up visits at Comprehensive Urology.
Make an appointment at Comprehensive Urology today by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature to determine if you’re a candidate for robotic prostatectomy.