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This method incorporates the latest advancements in robotic-assisted technology and allows a surgeon greater visualization, dexterity, precision and control as well as superior ergonomics.
The da Vinci Surgical System is a sophisticated robotic platform designed to enable complex surgery through small incisions. The da Vinci System consists of a surgeon’s console, a patient-side cart with up to four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance 3D high definition vision system and EndoWrist® instruments which enhance the possible range of motion.
Powered by state-of-the-art robotic technology, the da Vinci System is designed to scale, filter and seamlessly translate the surgeon's hand movements into more precise movements of the EndoWrist instruments. The net result is an intuitive interface with enhanced surgical capabilities. The da Vinci Surgery System cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions on its own. It requires that every surgical maneuver be performed with direct input from your surgeon.
Radical prostatectomy is a complex and delicate procedure due to many factors, including the location of the prostate gland deep inside the pelvis. In radical prostatectomy, the surgeon removes the entire prostate gland along with both seminal vesicles, both ampullae (the enlarged lower sections of the vas deferens), as well as additional surrounding tissues. The surgeon may be able to spare the nerves that run on both sides near the prostate, known as the neurovascular bundles, which can help preserve potency and urinary continence. The section of urethra that runs through the prostate is cut away, and the bladder is re-attached to the remaining section of urethra.
For qualified candidates, da Vinci® Prostatectomy offers numerous potential benefits over traditional open prostatectomy, including:
Every surgery is unique to each patient and procedure, therefore benefits cannot be guaranteed.
da Vinci Prostatectomy received FDA clearance for prostate cancer surgery in the U.S. in May 2001. Since then, the preference of patients and surgeons for the da Vinci approach to radical prostatectomy has grown to over 100,000 procedures performed. da Vinci Prostatectomy is now the #1 treatment choice for prostate cancer in the United States.
 Claim based upon 2007 U.S. data on file with Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Patient Brochure_ da Vinci Prostatectomy - paginated pdf
Every surgical candidate should be considered individually in consultation with their urologist. Good candidates for da Vinci Prostatectomy will usually be men with localized disease who have optimal potential for long-term survival post-treatment. Prior surgery and obesity can add challenges to the procedure, but do not necessarily rule out a man as a candidate. Men should also discuss whether the location and staging of their prostate cancer allows for a nerve-sparing procedure (either bilateral or unilateral).
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