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Types Of Keyhole Surgery For Prostate Cancer

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There are two types of keyhole surgery for prostate cancer:
1. Laparoscopic surgery
2. Robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery

Laparoscopic surgery to treat prostate cancer

With this form of keyhole surgery, a surgeon uses 4 or 5 small incisions in the abdomen. Specially designed tools are then able to perform a prostatectomy with the assistance of a small camera that magnifies the view of the prostate for the surgeon.

Robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery to treat prostate cancer

Robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery uses the same keyhole technique as the standard laparoscopic surgery to treat prostate cancer, however rather than a surgeon moving the instruments at the operating table, robotic arms are used. The surgeon is seated at a console, where the movements of his fingers are translated into the movements of the robotic arms.

Robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery provides a greater level of precision to keyhole surgery to treat prostate cancer.

Which type of surgery is best for treating prostate cancer?

All surgical techniques used to treat prostate cancer are equal in their success rate. Robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery is not better or worse than laparoscopic surgery. The surgeon’s experience with the technique is the biggest factor in determining the patient outcome.

Mr Christopher Eden
Consultant Urologist

1. Macmillan – Treatment for early prostate cancer. Date last updated: 01.02.10. Website:


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