da Vinci Prostatectomy
If your physician recommends surgery to treat prostate cancer, you may be a candidate for a less invasive surgical procedure - the da Vinci Prostatectomy. The selection of treatment options often depends upon the stage of the disease, your age and health, or personal preference.
Michael Sanford, MD John Faulkner, MD, Lance Walsh, MD, and William Page, MD all use the da Vinci to perform minimally invasive, robot-assisted prostatectomies at Eisenhower.
Robotic Prostate Surgery:
the da Vinci® Prostatectomy
Eisenhower Medical Center is the only facility in the Coachella Valley offering this less invasive procedure, which offers such benefits as a shorter hospital stay, less pain, less risk of infection, less blood loss, less scarring, faster recovery and a quicker return to normal activities. The da Vinci Surgical System has been used worldwide in thousands of prostate cancer procedures, resulting in excellent patient outcomes with respect to cancer control, urinary continence and maintenance of sexual function.
Even with the best available access and visualization available during traditional open or laparoscopic approaches, it is a challenge for surgeons to carry out a very precise, nerve-sparing prostatectomy. The da Vinci System was designed to overcome the limitations of the traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, providing the extended capabilities necessary to remove the prostate using only a few small incisions.
The robotic system provides a high-resolution, magnified image that lets the surgeon see the prostate, urethra and surrounding nerve bundles in a way this anatomy has never been seen before. Using master controls at the console, the surgeon directs the instruments' movements. The System directly translates the surgeon's hand movements into precise micro-movements of the instrument tips. The da Vinci System only acts through the continuous, direct input of your surgeon.
For more information about robotic-assisted surgery for prostate cancer, please contact the Arnold Palmer Prostate Center at 760-674-3838.