The prostate is a gland of the male reproductive system located under the bladder and above the anus. It is the size of a walnut and surrounds the urethra (the channel through which urine flows from the bladder). The prostate gland produces a secretion that is part of the semen. Prostate cancer appears due to the formation of malignant cells in the tissues of the prostate. The latest medical studies estimate that almost 15 percent of the world's male population will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Treatment options and prognosis depend on the stage of the cancer and many other variables, but it is clear that the implementation of Screening Programs such as Chirónsalud Torrevieja, have helped to raise the rate of early detection and, therefore, , to increase the survival rate. In addition, new advances in medical technology have caused a leap in quality in the approach to this pathology.
- Radical prostatectomy: it is one of the most common treatments for prostate cancer that involves the surgical removal of the prostate gland. Traditional radical prostatectomy requires the surgeon to make an incision of 8 to 12 centimeters in the abdomen of the patient. This open surgery usually causes a significant loss of blood, a prolonged and uncomfortable recovery and the risk of suffering from impotence and incontinence.
- Robotic prostatectomy: the approach to prostate cancer is minimally invasive. If your doctor has recommended that you undergo surgery to remove the cancer, it is very possible that you are a candidate for a minimally invasive procedure called Robotic Prostatectomy. This procedure incorporates a state-of-the-art surgical system whereby your surgeon will be able to see more clearly the vital anatomical structures and carry out the surgical procedure that you need to remove the prostate. The most recent studies suggest that robotic prostatectomy reduces the risk of urinary incontinence and impotence after the intervention.
The advantages of this system, compared to open prostatectomy, are multiple:
- Less days of hospital stay.
- Less pain.
- Faster recovery.
- Return to normal activities in less time.
- Lower risk of wound infection.
- Less blood loss and fewer transfusions.
- Less scars.
As with any surgical case, the result can not be guaranteed in advance, since it depends on the conditions of each patient and the procedure. However, the team of specialists in Urology of the Robotic Surgery Program at Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja has years of experience and is specifically trained in robotic technology.