Laparoscopic Robotic Assisted Prostatectomy
Prostate Cancer is fatal disease that affects the prostate. The Prostate gland is an internal
organ present in front of the rectum. Usually a healthy prostate gland is soft, smooth and symmetrical. Some
lumped, jagged and enlarged areas in prostate are the symptoms of the prostate cancer
and other related problems. There are many tests available for the detection of prostate cancer. The PSA test
and the Digital Rectal Examination are termed as the screening tests for prostate cancer. Once diagnosed with
the disease, a man should be treated appropriately. One surgical intervention often performed in prostate
cancer treatment is prostatectomy.
prostatectomy is one of the common treatments available for the removal of prostate cancer.
processes are done conventionally by an open prostatectomy where an incision is made from the belly-button to
the pubic bone. This involves major blood loss with a longer and painful recovery process. The surgery of
laparoscopic prostatectomy involves more than a few small incisions in the abdomen, less post-operative pain,
less blood loss and a faster improvement and recovery.
Robotic prostatectomy is a fundamental
prostatectomy that is also known as Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy (RALP). It is a simply invasive
prostate removal and cancer treatment surgery which incorporates oncologic ideology, combines it with open
radical prostatectomy skills and is performed with a robotic approach. Robot assisted surgery provides the
benefits of laparoscopic surgery but with significant improvements like: advanced optics with 10-times higher
magnification, three-dimensional images of the prostate and its surrounding nerves.
Laparoscopic Robotic Assisted
Prostatectomy allows the surgeon’s hand movements to be scaled, filtered and translated into accurate movements of
micro-instruments within the working site. With the exaggerated, three-dimensional view, the surgeon is able to
perform precise surgery in complex procedures through small surgical incisions.
This unmanned and minimally invasive surgery is done with precision and sharp efficiency. The patient is treated
with smaller incisions and minimal loss of blood. The pain felt is also less with rapid healing time.
In contrast to conventional surgeries, there is no risk of post-operative pain and infection that prolong the
overall recovery time. Due to rapid recovery time, patients return back to their normal routine and pursue day to
day activities sooner. This robot-assisted surgery also brings accuracy to the medical procedure with a concise
view of the surgical spot.
Laparoscopic Robotic Assisted Prostatectomy surgery is an effective treatment, it also has some disadvantages. The current generation robot is still
bulky and tends to take large working space. The availability of the instrumentation for the robotic system is
presently limited and the development of the new instrument for the robotic system is in process. The robotic
system is costlier and its cost exceeds $41.2 million with its annual maintenance cost falling in the range of
$100.00 to $150,000.