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Radical Prostatectomy

Radical Prostatectomy

Robotic Benefits for Prostatectomy

During a robotic prostatectomy, surgeons are able to view the surgery in 10-times-magnification, three-dimensional, high definition color and angles better than ever before because of the optimal camera placement that the da Vinci allows within the body. Since the prostate gland is located in such a delicate position in the body, this visual optimization is of great benefit to the surgeon, allowing for a more precise surgery and a greater chance of preserving continence and erectile fuction and decreasing blood loss during surgery.

Robotic instruments articulate like the human wrist, as opposed to conventional laparoscopy where the instruments have limited range of motion. This dexterity and the wrist action capability allow a surgeon to get around corners and to work in tight spaces to precisely mimic the surgeon's movement allowing for a very good cancer excision procedure with quick recovery times.

Additional Robotic Prostate Procedure

For certain patients, the da Vinci is also being used at Northeast Georgia Medical Center for lymph node dissections to determine if the cancer has spread beyond the area of the prostate.

Next Steps

Learn more about the expert urologic surgeons who perform robotic surgery at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. For more information about or to find out if you are a candidate for urologic surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System, call the Cancer Center at NGMC at 770-219-8800.

What is the da Vinci Surgical System?

The da Vinci Surgical System is a tool that utilizes advanced, robotic, computer and optical technologies to assist your surgeon with your operation. It does not act on its own and its movements are controlled by your surgeon.

The da Vinci Surgical System has a 3D high definition (3D-HD) vision system, special instruments and computer software that allow your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. The 3D-HD image is highly magnified, so your surgeon has a close-up view of the area he or she is operating on.


The da Vinci instruments have mechanical wrists that bend and rotate to mimic the movements of the human wrist – allowing your surgeon to make small, precise movements inside your body.

And, da Vinci software can minimize the effects of a surgeon’s hand tremors on instrument movements. 

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