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Prostate Cancer Surgery Options: What You Need to Know

If you or a loved one is facing prostate cancer surgery, you may be worried about the procedure. You may also be concerned with the evasiveness of the surgery. Something that may set your mind at ease is knowing that there are multiple options available for prostate cancer surgery. Here are some of those options and what you need to know about each one. 

Robotic Assisted Surgery 

Something you may see in flyers or posters in hospitals or clinics deals with robotic-assisted surgery. This is a surgery you may know about, but not what the robotic assistance actually does. The key point to understand about this type of surgery is that you will have both a robot assisting with the surgery and a doctor. The doctor is located in a room and is working the control panel that is attached to the robotic device. This allows the doctor to see the area and ensure that the finer incisions are done accurately. 

TURP Method

The TURP method, which can be referred to by some patients as non-incision surgery, uses a tool called a resectoscope. This device is inserted into the tip of the penis and into the urethra. This is done to the point that the resectoscope is close to the area or level of the prostate. Once in place, electricity is sent through the area. This electrical surge is used to help reduce swelling and issues dealing with an enlarged prostate. A catheter will need to be used following the TURP treatment and will be in place for roughly one day. 

Laparoscopic Methods

The key to understanding the laparoscopic method is knowing what the procedure does at its most basic level. This method uses small incisions in the abdomen that help to access the prostate. The prostate is then carefully removed. A small camera may also be inserted to help locate the prostate and any issues the surgeon should know about during the surgical procedure. This form of surgery has the benefit of less blood loss than other forms of prostate cancer surgery. It also can have an easier recovery time compared to other methods. 

When you are ready to move forward, discuss the options with your physician.  They can advise you on how to move forward and if the option is one for you. They can also answer your questions about the procedure and what you should know regarding recovery time for your specific health.