da Vinci Prostatectomy

Referred to by many as robotic surgery for prostate cancer or robotic prostatectomy, da Vinci® Prostatectomy is more accurately a robot-assisted, minimally invasive surgery that is quickly becoming the preferred treatment for removal of the prostate following early diagnosis of prostate cancer.

In fact, studies suggest that  da Vinci Prostatectomy may be the most effective, least invasive robotic prostate surgery performed today.

Though any diagnosis of cancer can be traumatic, the good news is that if your doctor recommends prostate surgery, the cancer was probably caught early. And, with da Vinci prostate surgery, the likelihood of a complete recovery from prostate cancer without long-term side effects is, for most patients, better than it has ever been.

Image of the difference between an open and a da Vinci incision for prostate surgery.

da Vinci Prostatectomy is performed with the assistance of the da Vinci Surgical System - the latest evolution in robotics technology. Through robotics, a da Vinci prostate surgery can be completed with unmatched precision and control using only a few small incisions. Recent studies suggest that da Vinci prostate surgery may offer improved cancer control and a faster return to potency and continence.

da Vinci Prostatectomy also offers these potential benefits:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Less scarring
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • And a faster return to normal daily activities

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Learn More about da Vinci Prostate Surgery

If you are a candidate for prostate surgery, talk to an EvergreenHealth surgeon who performs da Vinci prostatectomy. To find a surgeon, you can:

  • Search our Find a Doctor for Surgery - Prostate Cancer (robotic).
  • Call the EvergreenHealthline at 425.899.3000 and press "1" at the prompt.

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As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific. While prostate surgery performed using the da Vinci Surgical System is considered safe and effective, this procedure may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.