There are several options for the treatment of prostate cancer. Low-risk cases are normally managed with active surveillance, which is a process of close monitoring and only treating at signs of change in the disease. For higher risk disease, treatment is either surgery to remove the prostate or radiotherapy.
Surgery is done using a specialised surgical robot and involves removal of the whole prostate gland and seminal vesicles. In some cases, there is a need to remove the lymph glands as well and all this can be performed robotically too.
The Christie was one of the first centres to pioneer robotic surgery for prostate cancer in the UK. Since then, the team have acquired vast experience in robotics, having performed more than 3,000 robotic operations.
Robotic surgery is an advanced form of keyhole surgery where a surgeon sits on a console and manipulates sophisticated instruments placed in your tummy to carry out the entire operation.
The 3D view of the operating field, enhanced magnification and the use of specialised EndoWrist instruments allow the surgeon to carry out the procedure with excellent outcomes, including a shorter length of stay, less blood loss, faster return to normal activity and a potential to minimise the side effects.
The highly specialised robotic team at The Christie work across both the NHS and private care at The Christie Clinic and are based there. Your suitability for robotic prostatectomy and the cancer outcomes will be discussed with you at the time of your consultation.
The risks for continence and sexual function will be explained. There is a possibility to individualise robotic surgery by performing nerve-sparing procedures with the aim of preserving sexual function in appropriate cases. The follow-up protocol after robotic surgery includes regular check-ups and involvement of specialist nursing teams.
The Christie NHS and private team have access to three da Vinci robots, including the latest Xi Surgical System. The Christie is a world-leading site for prostate cancer research, is a recognised centre for robotic surgical training, has robotic surgeons who are national robotic trainers and the internationally recognised team have a vast number of publications on prostate cancer.
If you have concerns about prostate cancer and want to speak to one of our experts, or you have been diagnosed and would like to discuss your options, please contact Urology Clinics and we would be happy to arrange an appointment.
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