A robotic prostatectomy requires 5 small incisions, each about one-quarter of an inch in the lower abdomen, through which instruments are inserted. A sophisticated video camera is one of the instruments, which gives Dr. Rahman a three-dimensional, 10x magnified field of vision. The keyhole incisions drastically reduce blood loss and the camera provides unprecedented visual clarity. The result is a clear surgical field during the prostatectomy with nothing to obstruct Dr. Rahman’s view of the prostate and surrounding tissue.
Cameras are also used in laparoscopic prostatectomy, but they provide only a two-dimensional image and no magnification.
The survival rate is higher after prostatectomy:
Recently, following a study published by the European Association of Urology in 2015, radical prostatectomy has been shown to have a survival rate higher than that of patients who choose to undergo radiotherapy.
Currently, the therapeutic option in prostate cancer is strongly influenced by the patient and personal preferences and experience of the treating physician.
But here are survival rates of the patients that had implemented a prostatectomy and other types of treatments:
- prostatectomy (surgery) 83%
- radiotherapy 75%
- hormonal therapy 41%
- other therapies 71%