Facing any kind of urological surgery can create anxiety for patients. Traditional open surgery – in which large incisions are made to access the pelvic organs – has been the standard approach. Common drawbacks of this procedure include significant post-surgical pain, a lengthy recovery and an unpredictable and potentially long-term impact on continence and sexual function.
The da Vinci® Surgical System can be used for some complex and delicate urological surgeries, particularly prostatectomies. The nerve fibres and blood vessels that are attached to the prostate gland must be delicately and precisely separated from the prostate before it is removed. The benefits of this technique may include significantly less pain, less complications, a shorter hospital stay and a faster return to normal daily activities.