This procedure is also called da Vinci robotic prostatectomy. It is a minimally invasive surgical removal of the prostate involving the latest advancements in robotics and computer technology.
It is a computer-enhanced minimally invasive surgical system consisting of three components:
- Surgeon Console
- Patient-side Cart
- Insite Vision System
The Surgeon Console consists of the master controls the surgeon uses in order to manipulate the Patient-side Cart and the EndoWrist instruments. The surgeon’s hand movements are translated to the EndoWrists through the surgeon console. The instruments only move if the surgeon decides to move them. The robot is not in control of the instruments — the surgeon is.
The Insite Vision System provides a 3-D view of the surgical field – a vast improvement over the 2-D view of laparoscopic surgery. This translates to a much better visual field and better depth perception. The high definition video cameras give a 10X to 15X magnification – a view the surgeon could never get with traditional surgery. This is particularly important in visualization of the prostate capsule, sparing the neurovascular bundles responsible for erectile function and reconnecting the urethra to the bladder.