Robotic Prostate Surgery

Robotic Prostate Surgery

robotic surgery

The robotic system is a “master-slave” system, introduced around 2006 in the US, with army technology. The DaVinci Surgical company then sold the system across the world. At this time, surgeons performed both open and laparoscopic surgery, however this system is an advanced form of ‘key-hole’ or laparoscopic surgery, with numerous improvements. The surgeon sits in a ‘viewing console’, whilst the surgical assistant and nurses sit beside the patient cart where the robot is. The robot is “docked’ to the patient via “ports”. The surgeon (in his console) then ‘drives’ the robotic movements.

The surgeons’ view is 25 x magnified, allowing accurate viewing of critical tissue structures such as the peri-prostatic nerves. The laparoscopic camera is held perfectly still by the robot, without any tremor. The movements of the robotic instruments are beyond that able to be achieved by the human hand, and as such the dissection of anatomic structures, and preversation of critical tissues such as nerves, is superior to prior surgical techniques.

Dr Haddad was one of the first and possibly earliest Urologist to return to Sydney (2013) with a pure robotic cancer Fellowship, (Montreal Canada, McGill University).

Frequently Asked Questions

Which surgery can be achieved using the Robot ?

Prostate cancer surgery, including the sparing of critical nerves, for localised prostate cancer.

Partial Nephrectomy, where a small kidney tumour is removed while sparing the remainder of that normal kidney.

What are the benefits of Robotic Surgery ?

Shorter operative time, less blood loss, better surgical vision, improved visualisation and preservation of certain key anatomic structures, shorter hospital stay, faster recovery times, Less post operative pain.

What is a Robotic Fellowship ?

This means the surgeon travelled overseas, to improve upon his local training, and spends 12 months only performing robotic surgery. These operations and taught and strictly overseen by 5 master robotic surgeons within an international centre of excellence.

The surgeon’s abilities and skill in performing robotic surgery is therefore of the highest possible standard.