Robotic Radical Prostatectomy for Prostate Cancer

A robotic radical prostatectomy is an advanced procedure that can be used to remove part or all of the prostate gland, along with several nearby lymph nodes. When cancer is confined to the prostate gland and has not spread extensively through the lymphatic system, a robot-assisted radical prostatectomy can be a highly effective form of treatment.

A robotic radical prostatectomy is always performed by a surgeon; despite the name, the procedure is not controlled by a robot. During the operation, a surgeon will make a small incision and insert a robotic arm with surgical instruments attached to the end. While viewing the prostate gland and nearby tissues on a large computer monitor, the surgeon will guide the robotic system, ensuring a high level of surgical precision.

Although many prostatectomies are still performed using a traditional approach, the robotic approach offers several benefits, including:

  • Enhanced accuracy and control
  • Greater dexterity (the robotic arms allow the surgeon to operate more efficiently in tight spaces, such as the prostate)
  • Smaller incisions
  • A lower likelihood of scarring and postoperative complications
  • Shorter hospital stays and recovery rates

At Moffitt Cancer Center, our team of experienced prostate cancer surgeons will evaluate each patient to determine the best possible option for his needs. If a robotic radical prostatectomy is recommended, Moffitt’s surgical team can further tailor the treatment plan to the patient’s individual situation. For instance, a robotic-assisted prostatectomy can be performed through a small incision in the abdomen or the perineum (the skin between the scrotum and the rectum); our team will assess a number of factors to determine which technique will provide better access to the patient’s tumor. Nerve-sparing techniques may also be implemented when possible to enhance a patient’s postsurgical quality of life.

No referrals are required to seek prostate cancer surgery at Moffitt. To discuss a robotic radical prostatectomy with one of our experienced surgeons, call 1-888-663-3488 or request an appointment online.