Robotic Surgery for Prostate Cancer

OHSU urologic surgeons have treated hundreds of prostate cancer patients robotically; they are Board-certified and fellowship-trained, and internationally recognized for their experience with the da Vinci robotic system for robotic prostatectomy.

Advantages of robotic surgery for prostate cancer

Robotic technology provides a magnified, three-dimensional view during an operation and greater dexterity and precision for the surgeon. With a traditional open procedure, the surgeon uses an 8-10 inch incision to access the prostate. This approach often results in substantial blood loss, a lengthy, uncomfortable recovery and a risk of impotence and incontinence. Robotic surgery expands the benefits of conventional laparoscopic surgery and is well suited for complex procedures where the goal is to protect the nerves.

Other advantages include:

  • Less discomfort after surgery
  • Fewer complications
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery and earlier return to normal activities

Robotic surgery by an experienced surgeon can protect the delicate nerves that control erection. These nerves run alongside the bladder and prostate gland, which is usually removed in men who have bladder cancer. Damaging the nerves can cause erectile dysfunction (ED). The powerful magnification and precise control of robotic surgery make it easier for your surgeon to see the nerves and avoid damaging them.