Surgery around the male reproductive organs and urinary tract requires surgical precision. Conditions like prostate cancer, trouble with urination and bladder and kidney cancer require special care to not damage complicated tissues and nerves surrounding these areas.
The prostate is a male reproductive gland that produces a fluid found in semen. Located below the bladder and in front of the rectum, the prostate surrounds the urethra – the tube that empties urine from the bladder.
Prostate cancer affects the prostate gland and may spread to surrounding structures. While most men with prostate cancer have no symptoms, physician can find prostate cancer during a regular checkup, using a combination of a blood test called a PSA and a digital rectal exam (DRE).
If you have an early diagnosis of prostate cancer, there is usually a range of treatment options. These may include conservative management, radiation therapy with either external bream or brachytherapy therapy, cryosurgery and prostatectomy – surgical removal of the prostate. Your treatment options will depend on a number of factors, including the stage of the disease, your age and health or personal preference.
Traditional open urologic surgery – in which large incisions are made to access the pelvic organs – has been the standard approach when surgery is warranted. Common drawbacks of this procedure include significant post-surgical pain, a lengthy recovery and an unpredictable, potentially long-term impact on continence and sexual function.
Minimally invasive, robotic surgery is ideal prostatectomy, in which the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.
Robotic Surgery may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.
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