Robotic Prostatectomy

Thanks to our leadership in robotic surgical technology, doctors at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are highly experienced at minimally invasive robotic prostatectomies using the da Vinci S® Surgical System.

The da Vinci® Surgical System is a state-of-the-art surgical platform with 3D, high-definition vision and miniaturized, wristed surgical instruments designed to help doctors take surgery beyond the limits of the human hand. Though it is often called a "robot," da Vinci® cannot act on its own - surgery is performed entirely by your doctor from start to finish. By overcoming the limitations of traditional open and laparoscopic surgery, da Vinci® is improving the outcomes of prostate surgery for people in South Florida and international patients traveling to Holy Cross Hospital from around the world. 

Benefits of robotic prostatectomies include:

  • Better cancer control--Studies show that, compared to open surgery, experienced da Vinci® surgeons achieve better cancer control - lower positive margin rates. Positive margin rates are a measure of cancer cells left behind – lower is better.
  • Return of erectile function--Studies show patients who are potent prior to surgery experience a faster return of erectile function than patients who have open surgery.
  • Return of urinary continence--Recent studies show more patients have full return of urinary continence within 6 months as compared to patients having open surgery.

Other benefits of Robotic Prostatectomy at Holy Cross Hospital may include:
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less blood loss
  • Less need for blood transfusion
  • Lower risk of complications
  • Lower risk of wound infection
  • Fewer days with catheter
  • Less pain
  • Faster recovery and return to normal activities 

Illustration of types of incisions, standard vs. da Vinci, on a male's abdomen

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific. While Robotic Prostatectomy using the da Vinci® Surgical System is considered safe and effective, it may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.

To contact a physician who performs minimally invasive robotic prostatectomy surgery, call (866) 442-3627 or view the following profile(s) for physician contact information: