Prostate Cancer Awareness – Robotic Prostatectomy Procedure at The Christie Private Care

Posted December 01, 2017

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Over 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year – that’s 129 men every day.

In the UK, approximately 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Men aged 50 or over and men with a family history of prostate cancer are more at risk of getting prostate cancer.

The good news is that over the last ten to 15 years, there have been significant developments in medical surgical technology which has had an impact on prostate cancer treatment and Prostatectomy (surgery to remove the prostate gland).

The da Vinci robotic surgery system, available exclusively privately at The Christie Private Care, is a state-of-the-art computerised platform that has revolutionised prostate cancer surgery, and facilitated Radical Prostatectomy, providing superior results when compared to non-robotic traditional procedures.

1. What does the prostatectomy procedure involve?
The surgery involves the removal of the prostate and seminal vesicles or glands in men with prostate cancer. Historically this was performed by the open surgical technique involving large incisions and longer hospital stays

2. How is the robotic prostatectomy surgery performed?
Robot assisted surgery is an advanced form of laparoscopic surgery undertaken with the da Vinci Surgical system. The Christie Private Care patients have access to two da Vinci surgical robots. The surgeon operates the robotic console and is in the same room as you. It is important to understand that the robot is not performing the operation. The surgeon still carries out the procedure but the robotic console allows 3D view of the operating field as well as more controlled and precise movements of the robotic arms that hold specialized instruments.

3. What are the benefits of robotic surgery over the traditional procedures?
There are a number of advantages including:
– Significantly less blood loss – less pain after the operation as there is no large abdominal wound, shorter hospital stay and earlier return to normal activities and smaller scars.
– Improved patient outcomes – especially early return of continence and preservation of sexual function.

Mr Vijay Ramani is a Consultant Urological Surgeon who specialises in prostate, bladder, renal, testis and complex pelvic / retroperitoneal cancers. Mr Ramani was responsible for the introduction and advancement of robotic surgery at The Christie Private Care and The Christie NHS Hospital and regularly undertakes robot assisted laparoscopic prostatectomies on patients with prostate cancer.

For more information or to make an appointment with Mr Ramani please call 0161 825 0988.