Nadeem Rahman, MD and patient Gary McRee discuss the benefits of the da Vinci® Surgical System. To learn more about Gary's story, visit www.samc.com/gary-mcree.
When medication and other non-surgical treatments are unavailable or cannot relieve symptoms, surgery is the recommended treatment for many conditions that affect the male reproductive organs and urinary tract organs.
These conditions include, among other things, prostate cancer, ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction, bladder and kidney cancer and vesicoureteral reflux.
With da Vinci® robotic surgical technology - available at Saint Agnes - urologic surgeons are now able to perform complex procedures, including Partial or Radical Nephrectomy (surgery for kidney), Pyeloplasty (surgery to treat urinary obstruction) and Radical (surgery of the prostate), using a minimally invasive approach.
In contrast to traditional radical prostatectomy, which requires an 8 to10-inch incision, the da Vinci® only requires small 1-2 cm incisions. For most patients, da Vinci® Prostatectomy offers numerous potential benefits over open prostatectomy including:
Shorter hospital stay
Significant less pain
Less blood loss and transfusion
Quicker return to normal activities
Recent clinical studies suggest that da Vinci® Prostatectomy may offer improved cancer control and speed recovery of urinary continence and sexual function.