Palm Beach Urology Robotic Surgery to Treat Prostate Cancer

Palm Beach Robotic surgery is the latest advancement within the field of minimally invasive or laparoscopic surgery. By integrating computer-enhanced technology with the surgeon's skill, Robotic surgery enables the surgeons to achieve precise, minimally invasive surgery in a way that enhances healing and promotes well being. One surgery that has shown dramatically improved effects since the implementation of robotic techniques is prostate surgery. Prostate cancer is the most common of non-skin cancers and the sixth leading cancer death among men, in accordance with Drs. Edward Becker and Damian Portela of Palm Beach Urology, who've started performing robotic surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System at Palms West Hospital for the treatment of prostate cancer.

The robot "filters" the tiny tremors that occur in even the steadiest surgeon's hands, making the movement desired by the doctor, however having a precision that human hands are not capable of. The perfect procedures for using a robot are typically ones that require extremely small movements from the surgeon. A millimeter decrease in the movement of the scalpel can make an enormous difference in the surgical outcome since it implies that nerves and mild tissues could be spared. A robot within the hands of an excellent surgeon should result in an excellent outcome; however, a robotic Palm Beach Urology Robotic Surgery for Prostate Cancersurgery performed by a less professional surgeon can be less likely to have a great outcome. "Palms West Hospital is the busiest hospital performing robotic surgery in the entire county," said hospital CEO Bland Eng. "We have been blessed to have wonderful, skilled surgeons."

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and begins with five small incisions spaced between the pubic bone and the umbilicus. Through these incisions small instruments are inserted, including a video camera, assisting instruments and cutting tools. During the robotic procedure, the surgeon is controlling the cutting instruments by controlling the robot where as in non-robotic procedure; the hands of the surgeon are directly controlling the instruments. The prostate is removed through an incision after being removed using a scalpel or similar instrument. Once the tissue is removed, the area is irrigated with sterile solution; a foley catheter is inserted as well as the incisions are closed. After the robotic prostatectomy, the patient is left with only a number of small marks on his stomach - and none of the scars normally associated with prostate cancer treatment and surgery.

This revolutionary and advanced prostate cancer surgery and prostate cancer treatment method profoundly reduces blood loss, pain, recovery time and the familiar side effects of other treatments. Due to this, robotic assisted prostate cancer surgery is sometimes known as bloodless prostate surgery. Nerves and vessels are magnified 10-15 times giving the surgeon more accuracy whereas reducing the risks of intense blood loss. The da Vinci robotic system provides a far brighter and sharper picture than the human eye, or any other 3-D laparoscopic prostatectomy endoscope. The system includes a proprietary camera that enables the surgeon to simply zoom, rotate, or swap the picture visualization. The resulting 3-D picture is bright and clear, with no flicker as with other laparoscopic systems.

It is reasonable to assume that the present merits provided by robotic surgical systems might be expanded upon within the next generation of medical robotics. The separation of patient from human contact during surgery, which reduces infection risks, may be taken to the next level with systems capable of performing at greater distances between surgeons control console and the patient side table robotics.