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Robotic Prostatectomy at Ascension Columbia St. Mary's

Although a diagnosis of prostate cancer can be a very traumatic experience for anybody, new technology and the ability for physicians to detect the cancer early can mean an excellent prognosis for a majority of men. The gold-standard in treatment of prostate cancer is prostatectomy, removal of the cancerous prostate. Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s surgeons are proud to offer prostatectomy surgery using the state-of-the-art da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System.


Robotic surgery allows surgeons to complete surgical procedures with a precision never before possible. The pencil-thin arms and tiny surgical instruments are capable of moving around the prostate in a manner not available in traditional laparoscopy, giving surgeons the ability to view and work within the surgical field as never before.

Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s was the first hospital in the region to utilize the da Vinci® system in 3D with high definition. The three-dimensional, high definition views virtually extend the surgeon’s hands and eyes into the surgical field, allowing unparalleled clarity and detail. In addition, the 3-D, high-definition viewing capabilities of Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s da Vinci® system give surgeons a greatly increased ability to clearly differentiate between diseased and non-diseased tissue.

Clinical studies also suggest that robotic surgery may help surgeons provide better clinical outcomes than conventional technologies allow — for example, better cancer control and a lower incidence of impotence and incontinence.*

Additional advantages of robotic surgery may include:

• Decreased blood loss during surgery
• Shortened length of hospital stay
• Decreased post-operative pain
• Less scarring
• Faster return to regular activities
• Less risk of wound infection

* While clinical studies support the use of robotic surgery as an effective tool for minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary.

Robotic Surgeons for Prostatectomy



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