Prostatectomy is commonly used to treat prostate cancer

Typically the first step in treating prostate cancer is to remove your prostate (the gland that sits just below a man’s bladder and produces semen) using a surgery called a prostatectomy. New surgical techniques allow your doctor to remove your prostate with smaller incisions and fewer risks.

In the past, the only option was an open prostatectomy, where your doctor makes a surgical cut (incision) in your lower abdomen just above your pubic bone. The prostate is then removed through this incision. Because it is a larger incision, open prostatectomies can take longer to heal, have a higher risk for bleeding and may cause more pain.

Luckily, thanks to advances in surgical techniques, doctors rarely perform open prostatectomies anymore. Most surgeons today use laparoscopic or robotic assisted prostatectomy techniques which help you feel more comfortable during surgery and recover faster.

Advanced prostatectomies offer great results

During these minimally invasive surgeries, your doctor makes a few tiny incisions around your lower abdomen. Special tools and a camera are placed through the incisions so your doctor can precisely remove the prostate. Precision is important in prostatectomies since your prostate is near important nerves and other organs.

Robotic-assisted prostatectomies have become the preferred method of removing the prostate because the high-tech equipment gives doctors more control and precision during surgery. If you have a robotic-assisted prostatectomy, you not only have less bleeding, pain and a shorter recovery, you also have reduced risk of complications such as urinary incontinence or erectile dysfunction.

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