How Robotic Technologies Have Impacted Prostate Cancer Treatment
With the early diagnosis of prostate cancer, radical prostatectomy surgery, which is used in the treatment, brought 3 new techniques to the agenda. One of them is the open technique that we have been using for years, the laparoscopic technique and the robotic technique. In fact, with the use of robotic technology in prostate cancer surgeries after the 2000s, there have been very positive developments in the results.
Compared to the open method or the laparoscopic technique, robotic technology has very significant advantages. When we count these, the most important one we encounter is urinary incontinence, which we encounter after open surgery and negatively affects the patient's quality of life, and it’s almost non-existent in robotic technology.
Again, the question of how the sexual life will be affected by male patients, which is sensitively emphasized, is affected very little by performing nerve-sparing surgeries with robotic technology, which positively affects the patient's quality of life after surgery.
At the same time, the fact that there is very little bleeding during the operation is seen as a comfort of robotic technology, because in open surgery, we encountered a lot of bleeding in earlier surgeries.
Although it has decreased in the last period, there is almost no bleeding in robotic technology when it is compared with other surgery methods. At the same time, when we look at robotic technology for cosmetic purposes, it is seen as a much superior technique compared to open surgery because it is entered through 5 small holes.
Robotic radical prostatectomy, which we also use in prostate cancer surgery, is also extremely important for the control of the disease. Because magnifying the operation area 10-15 times is a very important advantage.
Robotic radical prostatectomy is accepted as the gold standard method in the world today, due to the convenience of robotic technology, the ease of surgery, the scarcity of complications during surgery and the comfort in terms of postoperative life quality.