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da Vinci® ... Changing the Experience of Surgery at Urology Center of Spartanburg

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your medical options, including the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available.

The da Vinci® Surgical System provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon's hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The da Vinci System enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision. Dr. Hull and Dr. Ellis have performed over 800 da Vinci robot-assisted procedures at Spartanburg Regional Institute for Robotic Surgery in Spartanburg, SC. Procedures performed in include prostatectomies, mephrectomies, partial mephrectomies, ureterolithotomies, pyeloplasties.

For the patient, benefits may include:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter recovery time
  • A faster return to normal daily activities
  • And in many cases, better clinical outcomes

 

 

 


da Vinci Prostatectomy

Facing any kind of urologic surgery creates a great deal of anxiety for most men. Among your concerns is: “Will my body function normally following surgery?” Traditional open urologic surgery – in which large incisions are made to access the pelvic organs – has been the standard approach when surgery is warranted. Yet common drawbacks of this procedure include significant post-surgical pain, a lengthy recovery and an unpredictable, potentially long-term impact on continence and sexual function.

da Vinci Surgery, a minimally invasive approach that utilizes the latest in surgical and robotics technologies, is ideal for delicate urologic surgery. This includes prostatectomy, in which the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.

Learn More: Minimally invasive options for urologic surgery
Learn More: da Vinci Prostatectomy



Chart 1: Outcome Comparison: Surgery vs. Radiotherapy
Outcome
Radical Prostatectomy*
Radiation**
Survival duration compared to conservative disease management1
8.6 years
4.6 years
15-year prostate cancer survival rate2
92%
87%
Survival rate for high-grade cancer patients3
45% increase in overall survival rate vs. radiotherapy
 -
Risk of cancer-specific death for
high-grade cancer patients4
49% less risk vs. radiotherapy
 -
Cancer recurrence5
Easy to detect
Difficult to detect
Risk of rectal cancer
(Within 10 year follow-up) 6
5.1 out of 1000
10.0 out of 1000
Risk of bladder cancer7
0.8% developed bladder cancer
1.3% developed bladder cancer
Bowel function impairment8
-
Significantly greater vs. surgery
Disease-specific long-term quality of life9
Stable
Unstable
Painful urination (at 18 month follow-up) 10
1% of patients
30% of patients
Long-term erectile dysfunction11
Lower risk
Higher risk

*Open surgery; comparable long-term data not yet available on da Vinci® Prostatectomy.

**External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT) unless otherwise noted in the citation.

 


While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci® System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.

1 Johnson W, Demaria E. Surgical treatment of obesity. Curr Treat Options Gastroenterol. 2006 Apr;9(2):167-74.

For additional information on minimally invasive surgery with the
da Vinci® Surgical System visit www.davincisurgery.com.

 

 
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