Surgery is a common treatment choice for men with prostate cancer. This option, as opposed to chemotherapy or radiation therapy, may be valuable for men whose cancer has not spread beyond the prostate gland. At Collin County Urology, options are an important aspect of the care we provide. We are encouraged by innovation in medicine that affords us the opportunity to meet each patient’s unique needs. Here, we discuss the different types of surgery that may be considered for the treatment of prostate cancer.
- Laparoscopic Prostatectomy. Also referred to as radical prostatectomy, the laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive technique. During surgery, the entire prostate gland is removed through a few very small incisions. Laparoscopic surgery is advantageous due to these tiny incisions, translating into a smaller bleeding risk and a shorter hospital stay. Recovery from laparoscopic surgery is also shorter overall than open surgery techniques.
- Open Prostatectomy. Whenever possible, we treat prostate cancer with more conservative means. Open surgery for prostate cancer involves a risk of bleeding through the abdominal cavity and a longer recovery due to the fact that this technique is considered abdominal surgery.
- Robotic surgery. In recent years, innovative technology has been introduced into the operating room. We are proud to perform da Vinci robotic surgery for the treatment of prostate cancer. Also a conservative approach to surgery, this technique involves a sophisticated, surgeon-operated robotic arm that holds tiny instruments. Like laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery requires small incisions. The precision of this surgical procedure results in faster recovery and minimal risk of infection and bleeding.
Which Surgical Technique is Right for You?
As good as any surgical technique sounds, we understand that every case is unique. If you are considering your options in prostate cancer surgery, consider points like:
- How much time you have to decide.
- The risk of each technique versus reward in terms of outcome.
- Recovery time and risks of side effects such as scarring.
It is important to do your homework on prostate cancer treatments. We are here to support you by offering our professional opinion based on documented evidence of both your particular case and of surgical outcomes for available procedures.
Learn more about treatment options for prostate cancer. Call our Plano office at (972) 403-5425.This entry was posted in Prostate Cancer. Bookmark the permalink.
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