Few men relish the thought of discussing their prostate. However, September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a time to talk about risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment. Robotic surgery is a newer option that can have excellent results.
Robotic technology has made amazing strides in the last decade. A prostatectomy can be done through robotic surgery to remove all or some of a prostate that has cancer cells.
During the procedure, your surgeon will make small incisions in your abdomen, which will allow a probe with a camera to enter. Carbon dioxide gas will be used to increase visibility in the area. The doctor will use a series of tiny tools while watching the maneuvers through a strong magnifying lens. The doctor will guide the robotic arms to make precise cuts and remove the cancerous tissue.
The process will take about 2 to 4 hours, and you will likely spend 1 to 2 days in the hospital afterward. The pain during recovery will be moderate. Your doctor will advise you about bathing and soaking when you return home. You may also be taught to use a catheter for a few days. Keep hydrated and eat plenty of fiber to get your system back in shape. Rest and limit any strenuous activity. Call your doctor if you experience any severe pain, swelling, bleeding, or other abnormal body reactions.
There are many reasons to choose robotic surgery.
- You will have minimized scarring.
- Your recovery period will be shorter.
- You will spend less time in the hospital.
- Your risk for infection is lower.
- Your blood loss is reduced.
- The body faces less trauma.
- You will experience less pain than with traditional surgery.
Robotic surgery is a great option for treating prostate cancer. Visit St. Petersburg General Hospital to see how robotic surgery can work for you.
Want to learn more? On Thursday, October 6, Christopher J. Shiepis, DO, will lead a lecture titled Prostate Cancer – Symptoms, Screening and Robotic Surgery. The event begins at 6 pm and will be held at Freedom Square, Town Hall, 7800 Liberty Lane, Seminole, FL 33772. For details or to register, call the St. Petersburg General Hospital Consult-A-Nurse® line at 1-888-741-5122.