With urologic surgery, most men worry, “Will my body function normally afterwards?”

Traditional open urologic surgery with large incisions has been the standard approach for removal of the prostate. Common drawbacks include significant pain after surgery and a lengthy recovery. This surgery may also have a long-term effect on urinary continence and sexual function.

For delicate surgery such as prostatectomy, Good Samaritan’s surgeons often find the da Vinci® Surgical System to be ideal. With the robot’s precision, the surgeon can avoid surrounding tissues and nerves, including those affecting urinary control and sexual function.

Prostatectomy with the surgeon using the da Vinci robot is a less invasive technique than traditional open surgery. With this technology, the incisions are smaller than those made during open surgery.

At Good Samaritan Hospital we currently perform these robotic urologic procedures:

  • Prostatectomy
  • Nephrectomy (removal of the kidney)
  • Pyeloplasty (repair of connection between kidney and ureter)

Compared with open surgery, surgery with the da Vinci may offer:

  • More patients returning to pre-surgery erectile function at 12-month checkup
  • Faster return of urinary continence
  • Fewer complications
  • Smaller incisions for minimal scarring
  • Less need for narcotic pain medicine
  • Less blood loss
  • Less chance of nerve injury
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery

Good Samaritan Hospital patients who received a nephrectomy remained in the hospital an average of 6.8 days. Our patients who received the nephrectomy with robot remained in the hospital for only 3.2 days. Our prostatectomy patients also were out of the hospital faster when their procedure was done with the robot - an average of 3.5 days down to 1.6 days.

Talk with your doctor about all treatment options, as well as the risks and benefits of each. If surgery is the option you choose, talk with your doctor about whether da Vinci Surgery is right for you.

In the past decade, hundreds of studies have been published on the use of the da Vinci Surgical System, demonstrating improved surgical outcomes when compared to open surgery. To date, more than 1.5 million surgeries have been performed worldwide using the da Vinci robotic surgical system.