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Robotic Radical Prostatectomy

Overview of Robotic Radical Prostatectomy

Robotic radical prostatectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to remove the entire prostate and surrounding tissue (including lymph nodes) for patients with prostate cancer.  

Robotic-assisted equipment and technology allows our urologic specialists, including laparoscopic and robotic surgeons, anesthesiologists and operating room technicians to perform surgery with greater control and flexibility. Operating through small incisions, movements by the surgeon's hand or wrist are translated into highly precise movements of the robot’s surgical instruments.

Why Choose Loyola for Robotic Radical Prostatectomy?

Loyola’s interdisciplinary approach to the treatment of prostate cancer brings together a wide range of board certified medical experts who evaluate your condition and provide a comprehensive, individualized plan for treatment. U.S. News & World Report has ranked the urology care at Loyola University Medical Center among the top 50 in the nation.

What to Expect with Robotic Radical Prostatectomy

During the robotic radical prostatectomy procedure, the patient is given anesthesia and remains unconscious for the duration of the surgery. Using robotic technology, the surgeon is able to make tiny incisions in the lower abdomen and see 3D images of the prostate and surrounding areas. The prostate (and surrounding cancerous tissue, which may include the lymph nodes) is removed.

The robotic radical prostatectomy procedure typically results in less pain and blood loss, a shorter hospital stay (one to two days) and faster recovery time than traditional, open surgery. Patients are usually able to return to normal activity within two to four weeks.

Side Effects of Robotic Radical Prostatectomy

The side effects associated with robotic radical prostatectomy are mild and typically go away in a matter of days or weeks. These side effects include:

  • Mild pain around the incisions (manageable with over-the-counter medication)
  • Constipation
  • Cramping in the lower abdomen and/or bladder
  • Fatigue
  • Blood in the urine
  • Breathing issues (your doctor will give you breathing exercises to prevent pulmonary infections)
  • Catheter: you will need a catheter for 7-10 days after surgery. Your doctor will go over proper catheter care before you are discharged. 

Risks of Robotic Radical Prostatectomy

All major surgeries have associated risks that include bleeding, infection and reactions to anesthesia. Risks related specifically to robotic radical prostatectomy include:

  • Injury to surrounding tissue and/or organs
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Erectile dysfunction