Robotic Prostatectomy Overview & Benefits

You may be a candidate for a less invasive approach to prostate removal called robotic prostatectomy. This method incorporates the latest advancements in robotic-assisted technology and allows a surgeon greater visualization, enhanced dexterity, precision and control.


Patient Benefits

For qualified candidates, the robotic prostatectomy offers numerous potential benefits over the traditional open prostatectomy, including:

  • Better retention of bladder control
  • Better retention of erectile function
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less post-operative pain and pain medication
  • Less anesthesia
  • Less blood loss and transfusions
  • No blood donation necessary from patient
  • Less scarring
  • Faster and more complete recovery
  • Quicker return to normal daily activities

Surgeon Benefits

The da Vinci® Surgical System used at The James for robotic prostatectomy extends the surgeon’s capabilities to provide these significant benefits:

  • 3-D Visualization: Provides the surgeon with a true 3-dimensional view of the operating field. This direct and natural hand-eye instrument alignment is similar to open surgery with "all-around" vision and the ability to zoom-in and zoom-out.
  • Dexterity: Provides the surgeon with instinctive operative controls that make complex minimally invasive surgery procedures feel more like open surgery than laparoscopic surgery.
  • Surgical Precision: Permits the surgeon to move instruments with such accuracy that the current definition of surgical precision is exceeded.
  • Access: Surgeons perform complex surgical maneuvers through 8-mm ports, eliminating the need for large traumatic incisions.
  • Range of Motion: EndoWrist® Instruments restore full range of motion and ability to rotate instruments more than 360 degrees through tiny incisions

Traditional Prostatectomy Incision and Robotic Prostatectomy Incision comparison image

To contact the robotic prostatectomy team, please call (614) 293-0981.

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) 460 W. 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 Phone: 1-800-293-5066 | Email: jamesline@osumc.edu