A prostatectomy, or the surgical removal of the prostate, is one of the most effective and common ways of treating prostate cancer and is performed while the patient is asleep under general anesthesia. The surgery also removes the nearby seminal glands and may remove the lymph nodes to check the spread of the cancer. Surgical intervention may also be required to fix urinary problems that result from a cancerous tumor putting pressure on the urethra.

Procedure Types
There are two main types of prostatectomy surgeries, traditional and minimally invasive. While no procedure can completely guarantee the removal of cancer, leading experts agree that robotic prostatectomies offer the greatest chance for a long-term cure.

  • Open Prostatectomy – This surgery removes the prostate and any nearby tissue containing cancer through an incision in the lower abdomen.
  • Robotic Prostatectomy – In this procedure, a surgeon uses the da Vinci® surgical system to perform minimally invasive surgery to remove the prostate and any cancerous tissue through tiny incisions in the abdomen or the perineum. Leveraging human control of technology, the da Vinci surgical system enhances the surgeon’s visual field and surgical precision. Ultimately, this procedure allows for fewer risks of side effects and a much faster recovery time compared to conventional, open prostatectomies.

Loma Linda University Medical Center is the Inland Empire’s leader in robotic prostatectomies with the area’s most experience in performing this minimally invasive procedure. We also have the largest, most comprehensive prostate cancer program in the region, and one of our urologists would be happy to sit down with you and answer any questions you may have about the procedure.

Men also benefit from the Loma Linda University Center for Health Promotion’s lifestyle and wellness program that ensures men maintain a high quality of life while undergoing cancer treatment for prostate cancer, specifically. Learn more about the Center for Health Promotion today!

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