Robotic Prostatectomy

Dr Khaira and assistant Mike Deuss.

Dr Khaira and assistant.

Surgical therapy for prostate cancer is most effectively performed laparoscopically with the assistance of the da Vinci robot. The robotic procedure allows trained surgeons to remove the prostate through small, dime-sized incisions. Through these incisions, surgical instruments are placed. These instruments are controlled by the surgeon, who sits in a console a few feet away from the patient.

The advantages of robotic surgery over traditional, open surgery stem from the minimally invasive nature of the procedure, the enhanced dexterity of the instrumentation and the precision that the robot affords the surgeon.

Robotic Prostatectomy.

Robotic Prostatectomy.

With the use of the da Vinci robot, the surgeon has an enlarged, 3-dimensional view that greatly enhances vision of the relevant anatomy. The robotic instruments are also wristed, so that the surgeon’s dexterity is directly transferred to the robotic instruments, and even enhanced and made more precise.

The surgical procedure will take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours, and most patients go home the day after surgery. Full recovery is 2-4 weeks. Traditional, open surgery entails a 2-3 day hospital stay, and typically 6 weeks to full recovery.

Robotic Prostatectomy.

Robotic Prostatectomy.

 

The surgeons at Napa Valley Urology Associates have extensive experience in robotic prostatectomy. They are proctors for robotic surgery, having trained doctors in the technique of robotic prostatectomy and other robotically assisted surgeries throughout the world.