Robotic Prostate Surgery

Precise, Modern Treatment of Prostate Cancer

What is Robotic Prostatectomy?

There were 3,294 deaths from prostate cancer recorded in 2011, making it the fourth leading cause of death among Australian males.

The good news is that prostate cancer 5-year survival is high and has improved from 59% in 1986 to 90% in 2007, and is on the rise with treatments such as Robotic Prostatectomy.

In a short video below, Dr Phillip Katelaris explains the effectiveness of Robotic Prostatectomy in the treatment of Prostate cancer.

Not all patients are medically suited to robotic surgery for prostate cancer and to reduce the risk of significant complications it is critical that these patients not be inappropriately operated using robotic technology. Patients absolutely and relatively unsuitable for robotic surgery would include those who have had a prior major intra-abdominal surgery, laparoscopic mesh hernia repair and certain patients who have had prior prostate surgery. Patients suffering from glaucoma or other eye diseases may not be suitable for robotic technique as it involves surgery in the head down position.

robotic prostate surgery incisions

Surgical incisions for open vs.robot-assisted radical prostatectomy.

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laparoscopic view

Robot assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy involves the use of minimally invasive laparoscopic technique. The prostate gland is removed via six small abdominal incisions, the surgery is facilitated by a powerful intra-abdominal digital camera that allows for precise magnified visualisation of the surgical anatomy.

Laparoscopic visualisation of the prostate during robot-assisted surgery.

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The patient is usually discharged 48 hours after surgery, thereafter physical recovery is generally rapid.

Utilising robotic technology Dr Katelaris aims to achieve the three goals of radical prostate cancer surgery, these are cure  of the cancer, preservation of continence and preservation of erectile function.

Who is a suitable candidate for Robotic Prostatectomy?

Robotic Prostatectomy is an effective procedure in the treatment of Prostate cancer. However there may be cases in which robotic prostatectomy is not the suitable option for certain patients, Dr Katelaris discusses these circumstances and other options that are available in such instances.

In this short video, Dr Phillip Katelaris explains which candidates are suitable for Robotic Prostatectomy and the other options that are available.

Dr Katelaris at the robot
Dr Katelaris trained in robotic prostate surgery in the United States. He has introduced it into his practice for carefully selected patients.