da Vinci Xi Surgical System
Wollongong Private Hospital offers the latest technology in Urology with the da Vinci Xi Surgical System.
The da Vinci Surgical System enables surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations through a few small incisions, similar to traditional laparoscopy but with additional technology assisting in the procedure. The da Vinci System consists of several key components including: an ergonomically designed console where the surgeon sits while operating, a patient side cart where the patient is positioned during surgery, interactive robotic arms, a 3D HD vision system for a highly magnified view, and unique wrist instruments.
The surgeon remains 100% in control of surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System, the robot’s wrist instruments act to filter and translate the surgeons into smaller precise movements, working inside the patient’s body. The tiny instruments are capable of bending and rotating further than the human hand and by also reducing hand tremors, the da Vinci offers potential for greater accuracy than non-robotic surgery.
If your doctor recommends surgery to treat your prostate cancer, you may be a candidate for a minimally invasive prostatectomy assisted by the da Vinci Xi surgical system.
This procedure incorporates a state-of-the-art surgical system that helps your surgeon see vital anatomical structures more clearly and to perform a more precise surgical procedure.
Prostate cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the prostate. The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It is about the size of a walnut and surrounds the urethra (the tube that empties urine from the bladder).
Treatment options and prognosis depend on the stage of the cancer and the patient’s age and general health, however one of the most common treatments for prostate cancer involves the surgical removal of the prostate gland, known as radical prostatectomy. Traditionally this procedure requires a large incision. Robotic assisted da Vinci surgery allows this procedure to be performed through a few small incisions with the following potential benefits:
- Similar positive surgical margin rates
- Faster return of erectile (sexual) function
- Better chance for return of urinary continence within 6 months
- Less blood loss or need for a transfusion
- Fewer complications
- Lower risk of wound infection
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less chance of hospital readmission
- Fewer days with catheter
- Less risk of deep vein thrombosis
As with any surgical procedure there are associated risks and benefits cannot be guaranteed as surgery is both patient and procedure specific.
More information about the Da Vinci Surgical System can be found at www.davincisurgery.com