If you've been scheduled for a radical prostatectomy, you probably have some questions. Our guide offers the answers you're looking for, and helps you prepare for your operation.
There are two approaches to this operation: open and robot-assisted.
open radical prostatectomy, we take out the entire prostate gland and the seminal vesicles that run through the prostate gland. We may also take a sample of the pelvic lymph nodes.
The prostate is a gland that surrounds your urethra, where your urethra meets your bladder. The seminal vesicles are two small fluid-filled sacs above your prostate that secrete fluid into ejaculatory ducts.
Robot Assisted Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy (RALRP) has a special state‑of‑the‑art system that helps your surgeon see very important parts inside your body in 3-D (from all sides).
To do the procedure, the surgeon moves the robotic arms, which hold the instruments, and a high-resolution camera inside your body. The jointed-wrist design is called da Vinci and it has a better range of motion than the human hand. But, the surgeon always has complete control of the robot.
Because of this da Vinci Surgical System, surgeons can do even complex surgery using only 1 or 2 cm incisions (cuts). To remove the prostate, there will be a 1-inch cut near the belly button.
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