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