da Vinci® Robotic Prostatectomy

A prostatectomy removes the prostate gland as a treatment for prostate cancer.

Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer in Central Iowa

Treatment for prostate cancer might involve surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and/or hormone therapy. Talk with your surgeon about the advantages and disadvantages of each option before you make a decision. The best treatment choice will depend on the stage of the cancer, as well as your general health.

Surgical Expertise & Innovative Technology

When you choose Pella Regional Health Center, you gain access to innovative technology—the da Vinci surgical system—used by our skilled and experienced prostate surgeons. Robotic-assisted surgery, including prostatectomy, greatly improves your surgical experience and outcomes. You benefit from:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Significantly less pain
  • Minimal scarring and blood loss
  • Fewer complications, including reduced risk of impotence or incontinence
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery and return to normal activities

Start With a PSA Screening Test

The latest health guidelines recommend a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test each year for men age 50 and older to screen for prostate cancer. Although many factors may contribute to an elevated PSA level, typically, the higher the PSA level, the more likely that cancer is present.

Find out if you should talk to your doctor about a PSA screening test. Just answer a few short questions about your prostate risk factors.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is my prostate and what does it do?

The prostate is a solid organ about the size of a walnut located directly under your bladder. It helps to control the rate at which urine flows out of the bladder and plays an active role in sexual activity.

What is prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in men in the United States and the second most common cause of cancer related death in men. Factors that increase risk of prostate cancer include older age, family history of prostate cancer and being African American.

What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer may not cause symptoms in the beginning stages. Advanced stages may produce the following symptoms:

  • Trouble urinating
  • Decreased force in the stream of urine
  • Blood in the urine
  • Blood in the semen
  • Swelling in the legs
  • Discomfort in the pelvic area
  • Bone pain
What do I do if I have symptoms of prostate cancer?

Make an appointment with your doctor if you have any symptoms that worry you. Regular screenings for prostate cancer are recommended for all men.

How is prostate cancer treated?

Treatment for prostate cancer can vary depending on the rate of growth, how much it is spreading, and your overall health. In some cases treatment may not be necessary right away and your doctor may put you on surveillance if your cancer is slow growing, contained only to a small area, or if you have other heath concerns. Your other options include radiation therapy which uses high powered energy to kill cancer cells or surgery to remove your prostate.

Deciding the best treatment for prostate cancer is a challenge. No single treatment or combination of treatments is right for everyone. Talk to your physician about all available options and what would work best for you.

If I need to have my prostate removed surgically do I have options?

An open prostatectomy means a large incision, which may require weeks or months of recovery time. Another option, laparoscopic prostate gland removal uses small cameras and extended tools for surgeons to work through very small cuts for the removal. This option reduces recovery time to only days.

With da Vinci robotic prostatectomy, surgeons are able to operate with better precision, dexterity and control. For patients the advantages are: 

  • Significantly less pain
  • Minimal blood loss and need for transfusion
  • Fewer complications
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
  • Small incisions for minimal scarring

Helping You Navigate the Insurance Maze

Because today’s insurance policies come with significantly higher co-pays and deductibles, you’re likely to face larger out-of-pocket expenses for your health care. The compassionate Patient Advocates at Pella Regional help you prepare for the cost of your medical procedure, understand the payment process and avoid financial surprises.

Together with a Patient Advocate, you’ll review your specific insurance situation and your doctor’s recommended procedure. Then, our Advocate will estimate your actual cost and work with you to find the best method of payment.

Meet with a Patient Advocate

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Review your health care options with your primary care physician or a surgeon at Pella Regional Health Center.

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