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Dr Sidney Yip Kam Hung – Robotic Prostatectomy
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Q: I’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Do I need to undergo surgery?

A: Since many patients diagnosed with prostate cancer are older in age, and some early-stage tumors are slow-growing, a number of factors should be considered before determining a course of treatment. It is best to consult a doctor before making a decision. Nevertheless, surgery still remains an effective treatment method for prostate cancer, especially da Vinci robotic surgery, which offers a high success rate and lower risk of developing side effects such as incontinence.

 

Q: What are the advantages of robotic prostatectomy?

A: A robotic prostatectomy is a minimally invasive surgery performed with the assistance of the da Vinci Surgical System. This system provides high-definition 3D images, while its tremor reduction feature and advanced instruments allow doctors to remove the prostate gland more precisely and with less blood loss. Compared to conventional open surgery, robotic prostatectomies involve smaller surgical wounds, less pain, and faster recovery for the patient. In the United States today, more robotic prostatectomies are performed than conventional open surgeries, and Hong Kong is also proud to offer this technology as a treatment option for patients.

 

Q: Will a prostatectomy cause erectile dysfunction?

A: With continued advances in technology, the risk of developing side effects following this type of surgery has been significantly reduced.  With robotic prostatectomy, the precision of the system allows doctors to preserve important nerves and blood vessels, greatly reducing the risk of developing side effects.

 


Source: Dr Sidney Yip Kam Hung, Specialist in Urology at Hong Kong Adventist Hospital – Stubbs Road