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A robotic prostatectomy, which might also be called a robotic radical prostatectomy, or a robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy, is a type of keyhole surgery performed with the help of a robotic system.
When we refer to robotic surgery, or robotics-assisted surgery, we don’t mean an operation performed by a robot. The procedure is still performed by your Consultant Urological Surgeon. The robotic element is simply a technical surgical platform that your Surgeon uses to help them be as precise as possible. In an operation such as a prostatectomy, precision is of the utmost importance. The more precise your Surgeon can be, the better your chances of a full recovery and the lower the risk of significant side effects
If you are nervous about the concept of robotic surgery, be reassured that it is very commonplace. In 2020, 89% of prostatectomies in England were carried out using this technology.1For some patients with prostate cancer, surgeons can use a method called ‘nerve-sparing prostatectomy’. This approach aims to preserve as much of the tissue and organs around your prostate as possible, in the hope that you will retain your ability to get erections. In order to successfully use the nerve-sparing method, surgeons need to be incredibly precise in their work.
• Your cancer has not yet spread beyond your prostate
• You are young and have a tumour that is considered to be active
• You have high-risk, localised prostate cancer
At BMI Healthcare, we have a network of experienced specialists who can help to diagnose, assess and create bespoke treatment plans for prostate cancer. Whether you have symptoms you would like investigated or have already received diagnosis of prostate cancer, our Consultant Urologists are here to help you.
In order to see one of our Consultant Urological Surgeons at BMI Healthcare, you will first need a referral from a GP or Consultant. If you would like advice on getting this referral, feel free to get in touch by phone or make an online enquiry.
If your cancer is contained to your prostate gland, your Consultant may recommend prostate removal surgery as the best option for you. Because we are a private hospital group, we don’t have waiting lists for prostate removal surgery. You should be able to have your consultation within 48 hours of getting in touch, and your treatment will move as quickly as necessary from then on.
• Eating plenty of nutritious food
• Staying as active as possible
• Stopping smoking (if applicable)
• Staying within a healthy weight range
Before surgery, you will have a preoperative assessment to assess your general health. This will be performed at one of our hospitals or via telephone consultation.
During this consultation, your Nurse will discuss everything you need to know before surgery, and take you through a questionnaire to ensure you are fit and healthy before the procedure.
If you need any checks or examinations before your stay with us (for example, blood or urine tests) we will arrange these for either before or during your preoperative assessment.
We aim to provide you with as much information as possible during your assessment, from what time you need to arrive at hospital for surgery, to whether you need to stay overnight with us to recover after.
If you and your Consultant decide that a private robotic prostatectomy is the best choice for you, our team will book you in for the procedure at a time that suits you. Many of our hospitals offer appointments outside of working hours and even at weekends.
Our team will tell you when to arrive and what to bring. After you arrive at hospital, we will get you set up with everything you need before the procedure. Your Consultant will talk you through what is planned for your surgery, and answer any last-minute questions you might have. You might also meet other members of our theatre team, such as your Anaesthetist.
Some men will experience temporary urinary incontinence or erectile dysfunction after prostate surgery. These symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to a few months, and will vary from person to person. You can always speak to your Consultant if they are interfering with your quality of life. They may be able to offer treatment to help the issue.
There is also a small risk that these effects will be permanent, though your Consultant Urological Surgeon will have done their best to avoid this happening.
• Bleeding (during or after surgery)
• Blood clots
• Reaction to the anaesthesia
The most significant potential side-effects of having your prostate removed are:
• Short- or long-term urinary incontinence or damage to the urethra
• Short- or long-term erectile dysfunction (loss of sexual function)
• Incisional hernia
• Urethral stricture
• Injury to a surrounding structure, such as the rectum
Your Consultant will discuss any side effects with you before deciding on the procedure.
The price of a prostatectomy will be different for every patient.At BMI Healthcare, we see patients with Private Medical Insurance and also patients who choose to pay for a one-off course of treatment (rather than committing to health insurance).
2Robot-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy Is More Beneficial for Prostate Cancer Patients: A System Review and Meta-Analysis
3A selected review and personal experience with robotic prostatectomy: implications for adoption of this new technology in the United Kingdom
Do you have questions about Prostate cancer treatments? Mr Ben Sherwood is a consultant urological surgeon specialising in prostate cancer. Here he explains some of the conditions, treatments and concerns with regards to prostate cancer.
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