Robotic Radical Prostatectomy

What is a robotic radical prostatectomy?

Robotic radical prostatectomy is a robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery that removes the entire prostate gland. Surrounding tissues such as the seminal vesicles and nearby lymph nodes may also be removed.

This procedure uses the da Vinci® surgical system which:

  • Gives a magnified, three-dimensional view of the surgical field. This helps the surgeon visualise and avoid blood vessels to reduce unnecessary blood loss.
  • Uses robot 'arms' and 'wrists' that can be precisely controlled by the surgeon for greater accuracy and dexterity.
  • Reduces the time taken to position the patient and equipment to less than 15 minutes. The whole operating time takes just 2.5 hours.
  • Improves outcomes by preserving nerves and tissues.

Why do you need a robotic radical prostatectomy?

Robotic radical prostatectomy or robotic prostate removal is used as a treatment for prostate cancer in men whose cancer is limited to the prostate.

Compared with conventional open surgery, robotic radical prostatectomy:

  • Has a lower risk of rectal injury.
  • Greatly lowers the need for blood transfusions.
  • Shortens the duration of dependence on a catheter.
  • Allows better conservation of the nerves needed to achieve and maintain an erection.
  • Is a minimally invasive surgery with a low conversion to open surgery.
  • Requires smaller and fewer cuts, which results in less blood loss and pain.
  • Requires a shorter hospital stay of 2 – 3 days (compared with 5 – 7 days).
  • Results in faster urinary continence (ability to control urination).
  • Results in faster recovery of erectile function.

What are the risks and complications of robotic radical prostatectomy?

Robotic radical prostatectomy carries a very low risk of serious complications.

In rare cases, there may be nerve damage that can lead to:

Other general complications that may arise include:

  • Blood clots
  • Poor wound healing
  • Infection or bleeding after the operation
  • Groin hernia, also known as inguinal hernias
  • Narrowing of the urethra
  • Urinary leakage

Why choose Mount Elizabeth Hospitals?

Our skilled team of specialists and staff at Mount Elizabeth Hospitals in Singapore are experienced in the diagnosis and management of a wide range of urological problems. This includes treatments for prostate cancer, such as robotic radical prostatectomy.

Estimated cost

Private healthcare can be affordable. Use our Hospital Bill Estimator to determine the estimated cost of this procedure. If you have hospital insurance, find out how you can use your insurance.

Our urologists

At Mount Elizabeth Hospitals, our urology doctors are experienced in treating a wide range of urological conditions. This includes minimally invasive treatments such as robotic radical prostatectomy.

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