Whilst it has a well established place in urological oncology we are at the threshold of seeing the use of this innovative modality in other areas. One of a surgeon’s greatest requirements is exposure.
Robotic surgery with the ability to obtain magnification and appropriate perspective in a relatively bloodless field optimises exposure when compared with both open and conventional laparoscopic surgery. The flexibility and range of movements employed in robotic surgery make many tasks easier to perform which opens up new opportunities for technical procedures and potentially better results for patients.
Robotic surgery utilising a minimally invasive approach results in shorter hospital stay and a quicker return to activity.
Specifically in prostate cancer surgery exposure and preservation of erectile nerves can be more accurately done. Similarly sphincter exposure and performance of leak proof anastamosis are facilitated providing better outcomes. I have had considerable experience in performing open radical prostatectomy’s performing over 2000 cases.
I find that robotically assisted surgery provides better exposure and facilitates a better outcome for patients and I am very pleased to add this technique to the range of treatment options for patients. Patients are surprised at their relative comfort after what is a major procedure. They are particularly pleased by their rapid convalescence and return to full activity.
Associate Professor Andrew Brooks
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