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Overview

Robotic prostate surgery (known medically as robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy) is a minimally invasive procedure used remove the prostate gland. Jefferson Surgical Clinic’s dedicated team of urologists have performed 700+ robotic-assisted prostate surgeries since 2006.

Using an advanced surgical system, miniaturized robotic instruments are passed through several small keyhole incisions in the abdomen to allow the surgeon to remove the prostate and nearby tissues with great precision. This is much less invasive than a conventional radical retropubic prostatectomy, which involves an abdominal incision that extends from the belly button to the pubic bone.

Who is a candidate?

Good candidates for robotic prostate surgery include men who are diagnosed with a localized prostate cancer.

What to expect

During robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy, a three-dimensional endoscope and image processing equipment are used to provide a magnified view of delicate structures (nerves, blood vessels and muscles) surrounding the prostate gland, allowing optimal preservation of these vital structures. The prostate is removed through one of the keyhole incisions. This is typically an outpatient procedure performed by Charles D. Daniel, MD, the only person to use robotic surgery for prostate cancer in the Roanoke Valley.

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