Robotic Prostate Cancer Surgery Now Available in DeKalb County

Northwestern Medicine
Cancer Care/Oncology September 17, 2019
Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in men, affecting one in seven men in their lifetime.

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.

Dr. Ricardo Soares uses the hand controls to maneuver the da Vinci surgical system at Kishwaukee HospitalSitting 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.

Dr. Ricardo Soares sits at the controls for the da Vinci surgical system at Kishwaukee Hospital
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