Robotic-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy

What is a radical prostatectomy?

A radical prostatectomy is one treatment option for men with early-stage, localized prostate cancer, meaning cancer that has not yet spread beyond the prostate and surrounding tissue. During this type of surgery, an incision is made in the lower abdomen through which the entire prostate gland and attached seminal vesicles are removed in order to eliminate all cancer cells. Nearby lymph nodes may also be removed during this time.

While this can be done through traditional open and laparoscopic surgeries, a robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy is an alternative, minimally-invasive procedure that offers several benefits such as:

  • Smaller incisions (as opposed to a larger, open one)
  • Minimal damage to surrounding tissues
  • Less blood loss and less need for blood transfusions
  • A shorter hospital stay and faster recovery time
  • A lower risk of complications and wound infection

The da Vinci Surgical System, used by Dr. Ronney Abaza during all robotic-assisted radical prostatectomies, provides him with increased levels of vision, precision, dexterity and control while performing this surgery. This is in addition to the advanced level of urologic knowledge and surgical expertise Dr. Abaza has to offer patients with prostate cancer.

Dr. Abaza’s Robotic-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy Experience

Dr. Abaza has completed many robotic-assisted radical prostatectomies, none of which were converted to open surgery due to complications. Based on his 2014 radical prostatectomy outcomes and when compared to other urologic surgeons1 performing the same procedure, his patients experienced:

  • Less time in the operating room
  • A lower percentage of blood transfusions (0.0%)
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • A lower percentage of complications

Additionally, and unlike most urologic surgeons, Dr. Abaza performs lymph node dissections in all prostate cancer patients who undergo a radical prostatectomy. Performed as part of the radical prostatectomy itself, this procedure involves the removal of most or all of the lymph nodes in the area of the prostate. This removal allows Dr. Abaza to proactively check for cancer spreading, which often occurs in the lymph nodes.

To learn more about radical prostatectomies or other prostate cancer treatments offered by Dr. Abaza, visit our robotic surgery and treatment FAQ  or contact OhioHealth Robotic Urologic Surgeons at (614) 544.8104.

1National data has been taken from 27,348 robotic prostatectomy procedures performed by 744 surgeons at 142 U.S. hospitals as reported to the Premier Perspective Database (Davis, JW, et al., J Endourol, 28(5):560-66, 2014.)