Miami Cancer Institute is home to South Florida’s most experienced robotic prostatectomy team. With the latest technology and expertly trained surgeons, we provide treatment that improves your quality of life and helps you get back to your daily routine faster.
As one of the busiest centers in the region, Miami Cancer Institute performs numerous robotic prostatectomies each year. This experience allows our surgeons to deliver more effective treatment that leads to better outcomes.
A robotic radical prostatectomy is a minimally-invasive procedure to remove the prostate gland in men with prostate cancer. The robot-assisted operation gives surgeons better control and precision when operating on the prostate, which provides more effective cancer treatment, improves urinary control and protects sexual function.
Effective treatment with fewer side effects
During a robotic prostatectomy, surgeons make small incisions in the abdomen to access the prostate gland. They then use the robotic arms to send miniature surgical tools into the incisions to remove the prostate. These arms are controlled by the surgeon but allow for more precise movements.
The robotic surgery tools magnify the surgical area and provide a 3D view of the prostate. With this enhanced vision, surgeons are less likely to harm surrounding nerves and tissues, improving recovery and limiting side effects.
Protects sexual function
Robotic prostatectomy is a nerve-sparing surgery. One of the major benefits to this type of surgery is that it can protect your sexual function.
With a traditional, open prostatectomy, surgeons sometimes remove the nerves that supply blood to the penis and help it become erect. These tiny nerves run alongside the prostate gland. With a traditional, open prostatectomy, it’s difficult to avoid the tiny sexual nerves that run alongside the prostate gland. These nerves are responsible for erectile function.
Because robotic surgery improves precision, surgeons can leave these erectile nerves intact. The magnification and 3D views also help the surgeons avoid damaging these nerves, preserving sexual function.
At Miami Cancer Institute, we offer comprehensive sexual rehabilitation services to help with your recovery.
Improves urinary control
With 10x magnification and 3D pictures of the prostate and surrounding tissue, our surgeons can preserve the nerves and valves (sphincters) that help you control urine. Our advanced robotic surgery techniques help with better urinary control and faster return of urinary continence after surgery. Miami Cancer Institute also provides rehabilitation and physical therapy services to help with your recovery and improving urinary control after surgery.
Other benefits to robotic prostatectomy
Compared to open surgery, patients who undergo a robotic prostatectomy experience:
- Shorter hospital stays (most patients go home within 36 hours of the procedure)
- Less blood loss
- Fewer surgery complications
- Less pain
- Faster return to normal activities
Comprehensive care and rapid recovery
At Miami Cancer Institute, we take a team approach to robotic prostatectomy treatment. Medical and surgical assistants, nurses and rehabilitation experts work closely with the surgeons to make sure you experience the best possible outcome.
As part of this team approach, we use an enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) system to help you get up and move soon after the procedure. The ERAS system can reduce pain and recovery time, which also improves your surgery results.
Miami Cancer Institute also provides complete rehabilitation services for our robotic prostatectomy patients. You'll have access to a range of men’s health services, including physical and sexual rehabilitation.