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We work in collaboration with oncologists at the Lifespan Cancer Institute, with the goal of precisely diagnosing and treating prostate, kidney and bladder cancers as soon as possible.
At the institute, we use minimally invasive, robot-assisted surgery to treat prostate cancer. The da Vinci Surgical System is a state-of-the-art surgical robot that gives surgeons more precise views of the prostate and surrounding tissue, as well as greater dexterity. Benefits of surgery with the system could include preservation of the nerves located along the prostate. The goal for the nerve-sparing, robotic prostatectomy is to enable the patient to retain sexual function. Additional benefits may include:
For certain patients, additional therapies may also be used.
With the da Vinci Surgical System the surgeon controls the robot from a remote console that precisely translates hand, wrist and finger movements to the robotic arms that manipulate miniature surgical instruments within the patient. The video screen provides a three-dimensional, magnified view of those movements. Using the robot, the surgeon makes small keyhole openings rather than a single large incision. The surgeon then completes the surgery through the small openings.