What are the benefits of Robotic Surgery compared with traditional methods of surgery?
Some of the major benefits experienced by surgeons using the da Vinci Surgical System over traditional approaches have been greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity, enhanced visualization and improved access. Benefits experienced by patients may include a shorter hospital stay, less pain, less risk of infection, less blood loss, fewer transfusions, less scarring, faster recovery and a quicker return to normal daily activities.
Who is the Candidate for Robotic Prostatectomy Surgery?
Most men with localized prostate cancer are candidates for Robotic prostatectomy surgery. The ideal candidate for robotic prostatectomy is a younger man in good physical health with little co-morbidity, a small prostate, and a lower-grade, low-volume tumor. Generally, men with Gleason scores of 8, 9, or 10, and/or advanced stage T3-T4 disease would not be considered due to risk of cancer extension beyond the prostate.
I heard that robotic surgery is very new. When did you do your first Robotic Surgery?
Dr. Ramani did his first robotic surgery in 2004, so it is not as new as one thinks.
Will the robot make the surgeon unnecessary? Does Dr. Ramani operate or does the robot perform surgery?
On the contrary, the da Vinci System enables Dr. Ramani to be more precise, advancing his technique and enhancing his capability in performing complex minimally invasive surgery. The robot replicates the surgeon’s movements in real time. It cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions
0n its own to move in any way or perform any type of surgical maneuver without the surgeon’s input.
For my prostate cancer, should I choose Robotic surgery or Laparoscopic surgery?
In the hands of highly experienced surgeons like Dr. Ramani, the outcomes of robotic and laparoscopic surgery are exactly the same. The incisions, blood loss, hospital stay and cancer clearance is comparable. However, if your surgeon is not very experienced with minimally invasive surgery, it is
better to stick with open or whatever method your surgeon is most comfortable doing. Forcing your surgeon to perform newer surgeries he/she is not used to, can result in severe complications.