House Call: Prostate Cancer Treatment — Robotic Surgery
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, and surgical removal of the prostate gland is one of the gold standards of treatment for the disease.
Surgery has been a time-proven, long-term cure for prostate cancer, especially when the disease is detected at an early stage. Currently, approximately 75 percent of all prostatectomies are now done robotically.
During a prostatectomy, the surgeon not only removes the prostate gland, which is located in a small, confined area of the body, but also reconstructs the urinary tract and part of the pelvic anatomy. Performing this procedure robotically significantly increases the physician’s precision with 360 degree movement, and improves vision with a magnified, three dimensional view of the area.
With traditional prostatectomies, there is greater risk of blood loss which can cause complications and slow a patient’s recovery. Robotic prostatectomy has a decreased risk of blood loss, and a majority of patients are usually up and moving around the day of or after surgery.
Fortunately, Cone Health has a network of exceptional urologists and supporting healthcare providers trained to perform prostatectomies with the robotic system and cutting-edge robotic system technologies, in order to treat patients with prostate cancer throughout the community.
Dr. Daniel Woodruff is an urologist at Alliance Urology, and a member of the Cone Health medical staff. Dr. Woodruff is a 2007 graduate of University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He completed an internship in general surgery in 2008, and his residency in urology in 2012 at University of Kansas Medical Center.