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Radical prostatectomy is another common treatment for cancer localized to the prostate gland. Open prostatectomy (through an incision just above the pubic bone) is a common surgical procedure and is offered in London and throughout our region by our Urologic surgeons.
Laparoscopic surgery is a form of minimally invasive or minimal access surgery, commonly known as “keyhole surgery”. Surgeons use small incisions to gain access to body cavities that are then inflated with a safe gas (carbon dioxide) allowing the surgeon to move instruments around to perform the operation.
Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy (LRP) provides a number of potential benefits to patients including decreased blood loss during surgery, less pain and potential earlier return of urinary control during recovery.
Robot-Assisted LRP (RALRP) has been performed successfully here in London. The DaVinci Robot is an extension of the surgeon’s hands. The robotic instruments have miniature wrists and these instruments are placed through the access sites (called ‘ports’) into the patient’s abdomen. The benefits to the surgeon are improved magnification, incredible accuracy and precision. These features may translate into better outcomes for patients.
World-wide experience is still in the early phases of gathering evidence-based results and Urologic surgeons in London are actively investigating the use of these technologies, including the incorporation of advanced imaging with robotic guidance to provide less invasive cancer surgery.