Aspirus Regional Cancer Center

da Vinci Surgery

The da Vinci robot is a highly advanced surgical instrument that has four “arms” equipped with high-powered cameras and the proper surgical instruments that allow surgeons to operate with unmatched precision and control, giving patients numerous benefits over traditional “open” procedures.

Surgeons control the movements of the robotic arms and the high-powered cameras and special instruments allow them to perform procedures with just a few small incisions, rather than making one large incision.

Currently, Aspirus uses the state-of-the-art da Vinci robot in patients with prostate cancer and to perform gynecologic cancer surgery for cancers that affect the cervix, ovaries and uterus. Aspirus surgeons also perform da Vinci hysterectomy.

da Vinci Prostatectomy

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, after skin cancer. And while one in six men will get prostate cancer during his lifetime, only one in 35 will die of the disease.

This tremendous survival rate is due in large part to improved screening rates and advances in treatment, like minimally-invasive da Vinci prostate surgery, or da Vinci prostatectomy.

A traditional prostatectomy requires a large, 8- to 10-inch incision. This open surgery commonly results in substantial blood loss, a lengthy and uncomfortable recovery, and the risk of impotence and incontinence.

By using the da Vinci robotic surgical system, the surgeon can magnify and see vital anatomical structures more clearly and perform a more precise surgical procedure using the robotic micro-instruments. For most patients, da Vinci Prostatectomy offers numerous potential benefits over traditional prostate surgery, including:

  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Less pain
  • Faster recovery
  • Quicker return to normal activities
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Less risk of infection
  • Lower risk of impotence and incontinence

Of course, benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is patient and procedure specific, but the da Vinci Surgical System has been successfully used in thousands of prostate cancer procedures worldwide.