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Robot-assisted Radical Prostatectomy for the Treatment of Prostate Cancer

Reduced postoperative pain, offers faster recovery and may produce better potency rates.
December 6, 2006 at 4:00 PM CST (22:00 UTC)
From Saint Joseph's Hospital and Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, WI

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With more than 230,000 men in the United States estimated to be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, treatment options for this disease are more important now than ever.

On Wednesday, December 6th, from 4 to 5 p.m. (CST), Marshfield Clinic physicians on staff at Saint Joseph's Hospital will demonstrate and discuss a less-invasive surgical treatment option for prostate cancer — robotic-assisted prostatectomy. The program will feature pre-taped video footage of the procedure as well as a panel discussion of this technique and the comprehensive cancer care available through the Marshfield medical campus. Expert commentary will be provided by Gregory Anderson, MD, urologist; Joseph Mennen, MD,  MORE...

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With more than 230,000 men in the United States estimated to be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, treatment options for this disease are more important now than ever.

On Wednesday, December 6th, from 4 to 5 p.m. (CST), Marshfield Clinic physicians on staff at Saint Joseph's Hospital will demonstrate and discuss a less-invasive surgical treatment option for prostate cancer — robotic-assisted prostatectomy. The program will feature pre-taped video footage of the procedure as well as a panel discussion of this technique and the comprehensive cancer care available through the Marshfield medical campus. Expert commentary will be provided by Gregory Anderson, MD, urologist; Joseph Mennen, MD, urologist; Seth Fagbemi, MD, medical oncologist; and Warren Olds, MD, radiation oncologist.

During robot-assisted Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy (LRP) using the daVinci surgical system, surgeons use several small incisions and special long instruments to remove the prostate. The advantages over the traditional open radical prostatectomy include less blood loss and pain, shorter hospital stays (usually no more than a day), and faster recovery times. During the robot-assisted LRP, the surgeon sits at a console near the operating table and controls four interactive robotic arms. The system is designed to seamlessly translate the surgeon's hand movements into corresponding micro-movements of miniaturized instruments positioned inside the patient. In addition, the surgeon is able to visualize the field through a 3D camera, which enables the surgeon to perform delicate tissue dissection and suture with added precision.

"The robotic surgery is superior to a conventional prostatectomy in terms of postoperative pain, and offering a faster recovery," said Gregory Anderson, MD, a Marshfield Clinic urologist on staff at Saint Joseph's Hospital. "It is also equivalent in terms of cancer control and continence, and may produce better potency rates."

In addition to this latest technological advance, Marshfield Clinic and Saint Joseph's Hospital offer a comprehensive patient care approach to the treatment of prostate cancer including prostate seed implants and hormone therapy.

Saint Joseph's Hospital is a 500-plus bed tertiary care teaching institution. As the largest rural referral medical center in Wisconsin, it provides health care, including all major medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties, to an ever-increasing service area in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Saint Joseph's Hospital, a member of Ministry Health Care, was founded more than 110 years ago by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother.

Marshfield Clinic, founded in 1916 in Marshfield, Wisconsin, is an integrated health care delivery system consisting of 41 locations throughout Wisconsin, making it one of the largest comprehensive medical systems in the United States. Marshfield Clinic has over 730 physicians representing over 86 different medical specialties. The system also includes Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, the largest private not-for-profit medical research foundation in Wisconsin and one of the largest in the nation; Marshfield Clinic Laboratories; Marshfield Clinic Education Foundation; and Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc., a health maintenance organization owned by Marshfield Clinic.

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