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Prostatectomy

If you have prostate cancer that hasn’t spread elsewhere in your body, your doctor may recommend a prostatectomy to remove your prostate. Surgeons at Maimonides Prostate Center perform a high number of these surgeries every year. We’re the most experienced in Brooklyn, providing you the expertise you seek. 

Prostatectomy at Maimonides: Why Choose Us?

We know the thought of having surgery in such a sensitive area is often unnerving. Our doctors carefully review the procedure with you. We want to make sure you’re comfortable with your treatment plan. We offer:

  • Robotic-assisted surgery: Our surgeons were among the first in the city to use robotic assistance to perform prostatectomy. They now use the latest da Vinci® Xi surgical system to remove the prostate. This robotic device can turn and maneuver in ways that are impossible for a human hand, for accuracy and precision.
  • Nerve-sparing procedures: Whenever possible, we remove the prostate while preserving nearby nerve structures necessary for erections. This approach also reduces the risk of urinary incontinence.
  • Salvage therapy: If cancer returns following radiation therapy or other treatment, we have the expertise to surgically remove the diseased prostate. This secondary treatment is known as salvage therapy.
  • Advanced pain management: Maimonides developed Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) pain management protocols that other medical centers nationwide now use. During prostate surgery, we rely on long-acting local anesthesia and alternative pain relievers instead of addictive pain medicines. These alternatives are just as effective.   
  • Multidisciplinary team approach: Our surgeons collaborate with radiation oncologists and medical oncologists to tailor your treatment plan. When appropriate, you may receive a combination of prostate cancer treatments.

About Robotic Prostatectomy

Advanced robotic technology enables surgeons to perform precise procedures through very small incisions. During the procedure:

  • Your surgeon uses magnified, 3D computer images of the prostate to direct the robotic device’s movements.
  • Tiny instruments attached to the robotic arms remove the prostate through very small incisions in the abdomen.
  • You go home the same day with a catheter to help drain the bladder. Your doctor removes the catheter within a week, at your follow-up appointment.

Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Prostate Surgery

Minimally invasive robotic surgery has many benefits, including:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Reduced blood loss during the operation
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Less scarring
  • Reduced pain during recovery
  • Faster return to activities

Prostatectomy Side Effects

A prostatectomy increases your risk for problems such as urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction. It also makes you unable to conceive a child without interventions. Should you need help, our caring team offers therapies to manage prostate cancer treatment side effects.

Contact Us

To make an appointment at the Maimonides Prostate Center, call 718-635-PROS (7767) or request an appointment online.