Prostate robot: If this does your op, your manhood won't flop


Prostate robot: If this does your op, your manhood won't flop

New method comes to SA that massively reduces the aftereffects of this dreaded surgery

Senior reporter

Innovative robotic surgery is giving hope to the medical world in its fight against prostrate cancer.
New research shows that the surgery provides better results than conventional procedures in the removal of cancerous prostrate glands.
In a review of 104 studies, representing almost 230,000 patients and published in the World Journal of Urology recently, researchers analysed the outcomes of robotic-assisted procedures compared to laparoscopic and open retropubic radical prostatectomies – the removal of cancerous prostate.
The review looked at major complications, operative time, length of hospital stays, blood loss, transfusions, conversions, rate of post-operative erectile dysfunction and incontinence, cost and positive surgical margin which indicates whether the entire extent of the cancer was extracted during the operation.“For post surgical margin and peri-and post-operative complications, [robotic surgery] demonstrated better results than [open surgery] and laparoscopic radical prostatectomy,” noted the report.
Just over 4% of all South African men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime and an average of five South African men die from prostate cancer every day.
According to The Urology Hospital in Pretoria – the first institution in Africa to obtain a robotic surgical system – surgeons operate through just a few small incisions.
“The robotic system features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. As a result, the robotic system enables a surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control,” the hospital – where over 1,300 procedures have been conducted since 2013 – explains on its website.
Urologist and robotic surgeon Dr Francois Duvenage said the research results echoed the experience at The Urology Hospital, which has 10 surgeons trained in robotic surgery.
“Robotic-assisted surgery is well known to be minimally invasive with less side effects.
“This study indicates it may also be able to better control cancer.
“The aim of the operation is to remove the prostate and all the inherent and surrounding cancer and this research shows that robotic surgery is leading in this regard,” said Duvenage.
In addition to prostatectomies, The Urology Hospital also uses robotic surgery for the removal of cancerous parts of the kidney as well as the removal of the bladder.

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