Prostate Removal with Laparoscopic Surgery

S. Larry Goldenberg, CM, OBC, MD, FRCSC, FACS, FCAHS, discusses undergoing a radical prostatectomy with laparoscopic surgery.

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S. Larry Goldenberg, CM, OBC, MD, FRCSC, FACS, FCAHS, discusses undergoing a radical prostatectomy with laparoscopic surgery.
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Featuring Dr. Larry Goldenberg, CM, OBC, MD, FRCSC, FACS, FCAHS, DABU

Duration: 1 minute, 26 seconds

A radical prostatectomy is a surgical operation to remove the prostate gland from cancer.

The classic, historic way to do it is through an incision in the lower abdomen. There's a newer way, and the new way involves a laparoscopic approach, that is putting in small tubes through the belly through very small openings and removing the prostate through a small incision.

Today we use a robot to help guide those arms, and the robot has these wristed instruments, so it makes it really easy for a surgeon to work deep in the pelvis, inside the man, where the prostate is located.

And with these wristed instruments we can cut and we can sew very accurately and what the robot can do is allow the surgeon to really see well in the pelvis and see all the fine structures, such as the nerves and the blood vessels. So a robotic surgeon tends to lose less blood during the operation, so the need for a transfusion is less, the recovery time is much faster from a robotic prostatectomy.

So remember, there are different ways to remove the prostate one is open, one is robotic. They're both highly successful, but dependent very much on the surgeon, as well as on your own anatomy.

So go to a surgeon that you feel comfortable with and trust in him. If you want to know more about robotic prostatectomy, ask your doctor.

Presenter: Dr. Larry Goldenberg, Oncologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Oncologist

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A radical prostatectomy is a non-surgical operation.

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A radical prostatectomy is a surgical operation to remove the prostate gland from cancer.

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Patients tend to lose less blood during a laparoscopic surgery.

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Generally, people undergoing laparoscopic surgery with a robotic surgeon tend to lose less blood during the operation.

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During a robotic prostatectomy, the surgeon’s hands don’t enter the patient’s body cavity.

Explanation:

The surgeon usually sits behind a computer and uses a 3D endoscope and small wristed instruments to perform a robotic prostatectomy. The surgeon’s hands don’t usually enter the patient’s body cavity.

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Urinary incontinence can occur after a robotic prostatectomy.

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Some men experience urinary incontinence after a robotic prostatectomy, although it usually goes away over time.

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The classic way to remove the prostate is through an incision in the lower back.

Explanation:

The classic way to remove the prostate is through an incision in the lower abdomen.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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