Prostate Cancer: Laparoscopic Surgery
Condition and Procedure Information
Laparoscopic Prostatectomy is a cutting-edge,minimally invasive surgery to remove a man's prostate gland. This technique involves five small (5-10 millimeter) incisions, one just below the navel and two each on both sides of the lower abdomen. Carbon dioxide is passed into the abdominal cavity through a small tube placed into the incision below the navel to aid visualization. The surgeon then guides the laparoscope, which transmits a picture of the prostate onto a video monitor.
Men who undergo this technique have less blood loss, less need for pain medication, shorter hospital stays, quicker return to regular diet and activities, early removal of urethral catheters, and a quicker recovery.
About Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed non-skin cancer in the United States. One in six American men will develop prostate cancer in the course of his lifetime. A little-known fact is that a man is 33% more likely to develop prostate cancer than an American woman is to get breast cancer.
Who is a Candidate for the Procedure?
The typical patient is a male age 50+ who has been recently diagnosed with organ-confined prostate cancer (meaning cancer that has not yet spread outside the prostate gland).
Robotic Prostatectomy Video
This video is courtesy of American Health Front