da Vinci Robotic Prostatectomy
Prostate Cancer Treatment in Central Iowa
Treatment for prostate cancer might involve surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and/or hormone therapy. It's important to talk with your doctor about the advantages and disadvantages of each before you make a decision. The best treatment choice will depend on the stage of the cancer as well as your general health.
Prostatectomy has become a common surgical procedure for men across the United States as more men suffer from cancer of the prostate. Patients have the option of a prostatectomy using robotic surgery at Pella Regional Health Center.
Robotic surgery is greatly improving the experience of surgery for patients. Because the incision is small, the risk of infection is reduced. There is also a reduced risk of impotence or incontinence following robotic surgery.
A PSA test is recommended in men age 50 and older each year to screen for prostate cancer. The higher the PSA level, the more likely that cancer is present, although there are other possible reasons for an elevated PSA level.
Find out if you should talk to your doctor about getting your PSA level checked.
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