Prostate cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the prostate. The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It is about the size of a walnut and surrounds the urethra (the tube that empties urine from the bladder). The prostate gland produces fluid that makes up part of the semen.

Approximately 16 percent of American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer sometime in their life. Treatment options and prognosis depend on the stage of the cancer, the Gleason score, and the patient's age and general health. With greater public awareness, early detection is on the rise and mortality rates are declining.

Additionally, new advances in medical technology are enabling patients to go on to live active and productive lives after their treatment.

da Vinci™ Prostatectomy: A Less Invasive Surgical Procedure

You may be a candidate for a less-invasive surgical procedure called da Vinci Prostatectomy. UM St. Joseph Medical Center was the first community hospital in Maryland to perform da Vinci prostatectomy and to date we have completed more than 1200 surgeries.

This procedure incorporates a state-of-the-art surgical system that helps your surgeon see vital anatomical structures more clearly and to perform a more precise surgical procedure. For most patients, da Vinci Prostatectomy offers numerous potential benefits over open prostatectomy including:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less blood loss and transfusions
  • Less scarring
  • Faster recovery
  • Quicker return to normal activities

As with any surgical procedure none of these benefits can be guaranteed as surgery is both patient and procedure dependent.

The Enabling Technology: da Vinci Surgical System

The da Vinci Surgical System is powered by state-of-the-art robotic technology. The System allows your surgeon's hand movements to be scaled, filtered and translated into precise movements of micro-instruments within the operative site.

The da Vinci System enhances surgical capabilities by enabling the performance of complex surgeries through tiny surgical openings. The System cannot be programmed nor can it make decisions on its own. The da Vinci System requires that every surgical maneuver be performed with direct input from your surgeon.

The da Vinci Surgical System has been successfully used in thousands of prostate cancer procedures worldwide.

For more information about the da Vinci™ Prostatectomy Technology available at UM St. Joseph Medical Center, please call 410-337-1338.