Robotic Prostate Cancer Surgery Now Available in DeKalb County
By Kim WatermanCancer Care/Oncology September 17, 2019
For prostate cancer patients that require a prostatectomy (removal of the prostate), Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital now offers robotic surgery. Compared to traditional open procedures that require large incisions, the da Vinci Si robotic surgery system uses a few small incisions.
Sitting at a console next to the patient, the surgeon operates tiny instruments (i.e., scissors, forceps and needle drivers) positioned on the robot’s arms. Hand movements are translated by the da Vinci system in real-time, bending and rotating the instruments while performing the procedure. They also control a camera for viewing the surgical area in magnified, high-definition 3D.
“The robotic system translates hand movements into a much smaller scale and bends and rotates far greater than the human hand offering more precision, flexibility and control,” said Ricardo Soares, MD, FEBU, urologic oncology specialist. “Patients experience less blood loss, reduced pain and a shorter stay in the hospital.”
With precision surgery, it is possible to accurately spare the patients’ delicate nerves surrounding the prostate that control sexual function and help with continence.
In addition to prostatectomy, Dr. Soares will be using the robot for nephrectomy/partial nephrectomy (removal of the kidney or kidney tumors) and benign diseases of kidney, ureter, bladder and prostate.