Among the fastest growing surgical services at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center is the robotic surgery program led by James C. Jensen, MD. Jensen is among the country's most experienced robotic surgeons and has performed more than 1200 robotic kidney, bladder and prostate procedures in his career. His work with the minimally invasive daVinci® Surgical System, the #1 treatment for prostate cancer in the US, has helped hundreds of men overcome prostate cancer and quickly return to their normal lives. Performed through five small incisions in the abdomen, robotic prostatectomy generally results in shorter hospital stays, less pain, less risk of infection, faster recoveries and more complete eradication of cancer than traditional prostate surgery. Using the daVinci System, Dr. Jensen is better able to identify and avoid muscles and nerves that control sexual function and urination, greatly reducing the risk of impotence and incontinence. Patients who undergo robotic prostatectomy also tend to experience less blood loss and require less anesthesia.
"The advantages of robotic surgery are enormous for patients with prostate cancer," Jensen said. "This has been a significant milestone in terms of surgical advancement in the Huntington area, cancer treatment and improved quality of life for our patients. No longer are patients required to travel long distances to receive the most advanced care and treatment available."
The da Vinci Surgical System provides the surgeon with four robotic arms to operate and allows for the surgeon's hand movements to be scaled, filtered and translated into precise movements of micro-instruments within the surgical site. Although the general term "robotic surgery" is used to refer to this technology, the system cannot operate or make decisions on its own. Instead, the system, with instrument tips that can rotate like the human wrist, is designed to seamlessly replicate the movement of the surgeon's hands in real time, dramatically improving dexterity and control.
With the da Vinci Surgical system, the surgeon operates from a comfortable, seated position at a 3D stereo viewer console that visualizes the target anatomy at high magnification, in brilliant color and with natural depth of field. To perform a procedure, the surgeon uses the console's master controls to maneuver the patient-side cart's four robotic arms, which securely hold the micro-instruments and endoscopic camera. To move the instruments or to reposition the camera, the surgeon simply moves his/her hands. Built-in safety features reduce hand trembling and opportunities for human error.
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