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da Vinci® Prostatectomy Treatment for Prostate Cancer

The da Vinci® Surgical System provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy by putting their hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform that enables them to operate with unmatched precision and control using only a few small incisions. Referred to by many as robotic surgery for prostate cancer or robotic prostatectomy, da Vinci Prostatectomy is more accurately a robot-assisted, minimally invasive surgery that is quickly becoming the preferred treatment for removal of the prostate following early diagnosis of prostate cancer. In fact, studies suggest that da Vinci Prostatectomy may be the most effective, least invasive prostate surgery performed today.1

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Though any diagnosis of cancer can be traumatic, the good news is that if your doctor recommends prostate surgery, the cancer was probably caught early. And, with da Vinci Prostatectomy, the likelihood of a complete recovery from prostate cancer without long-term side effects is, for most patients, better than it has ever been. It is being used by hundreds of surgeons worldwide for a nerve-sparing approach to surgery for prostate cancer and recent studies suggest that da Vinci Prostatectomy may offer improved cancer control and a faster return to potency and continence.1

The da Vinci Surgical System da Vinci Prostatectomy also offers these potential benefits:

• Significantly less pain
• Less blood loss
• Fewer complications
• Less scarring
• A shorter hospital stay
• And a faster return to normal daily activities

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific. While prostatectomy performed using the da Vinci Surgical System is considered safe and effective, this procedure may not be appropriate for every individual.

If you are a candidate for prostate surgery, call Michigan Urological today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Maatman, our da Vinci Prostatectomy specialist, to discuss all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.

Prostate Cancer Treatment Comparison PDF (296 KB)

da Vinci Prostatectomy Brochure

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1 Most effective minimally invasive surgery in terms of cancer control, potency and continence, cancer control being defined in part by margin rates and PSA test scores. The following studies provide support for da Vinci Prostatectomy's effectiveness in these three areas: Ahlering TE, Woo D, Eichel L, Lee DI, Edwards R, Skarecky DW. Robot-assisted versus open radical prostatectomy: a comparison of one surgeon's outcomes. Urology. 2004 May;63(5):819-22. Menon M, Tewari A, Peabody JO, Shrivastava A, Kaul S, Bhandari A, Hemal AK. Vattikuti Institute prostatectomy, a technique of robotic radical prostatectomy for management of localized carcinoma of the prostate: experience of over 1100 cases. Urol Clin North Am. 2004 Nov;31(4):701-17. Tewari A, Srivasatava A, Menon M; Members of the VIP Team. A prospective comparison of radical retropubic and robot-assisted prostatectomy: experience in one institution. BJU Int. 2003 Aug;92(3):205-10.

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