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Minimally Invasive Surgery and You

Minimally invasive surgery (also known as MIS, laparoscopic, or endoscopic surgery) allows NEIU physicians to perform many types of surgical procedures through 1-2 cm incisions. For most patients, a minimally invasive approach offers:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain and scarring
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
  • Faster recovery
  • Quicker return to normal activities

Your NEIU physician can perform complex surgeries based on the systems and enhanced surgical capabilities, which extends the benefits of minimally invasive surgery to the broadest possible range of patients.

The da Vinci Surgical System

By dramatically enhancing visualization, precision, control and dexterity, the da Vinci®System overcomes the limitations of traditional laparoscopic technology. The da Vinci Surgical System has been successfully used in tens of thousands of minimally invasive procedures worldwide.

The da Vinci Surgical System consists of an ergonomically designed surgeon’s console, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance vision system and proprietary EndoWrist® Instruments. Powered by state-of-the-art robotic technology, the surgeon’s hand movements are scaled, filtered and seamlessly translated into precise movements of the EndoWrist instruments.

Surgical Treatment: Radical Prostatectomy

For years, one of the most common treatments for prostate cancer was surgical removal of the prostate gland, or radical prostatectomy, requiring a large, 8-10 inch incision. This open surgery is known to result in substantial blood loss, a lengthy and uncomfortable recovery and carries the risk of impotence and incontinence.

da Vinci Prostatectomy (dVP): A Less Invasive Surgical Procedure

If surgery is the recommendation for your prostate cancer, you may be a candidate for a new, less-invasive surgical procedure called da Vinci Prostatectomy (dVP). This precision treatment represents the fastest growing surgical treatment for prostate cancer today.

For most patients, dVP offers substantially less pain and a much shorter recovery than traditional prostate surgery. Versus traditional prostate surgery, minimally invasive dVP offers many potential benefits:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less blood loss and transfusions
  • Less scarring
  • Faster recovery
  • Quicker return to normal activities

According to recent studies dVP may also offer improved cancer control and a lower incidence of impotence and urinary incontinence.

External Beam Radiation Therapy

Also knows as radiotherapy or Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), this type of treatment has proven to be an effective and improved method of care for prostate patients.

State of the art imaging allows your physician to direct the radiation to the part of the prostate that needs the treatment. With highly tailored preparation and planning, the technology is so accurate, your physician is able to ensure the same prostate area is targeted for all additional treatments.

The goal is less radiation and pinpoint accuracy that provides better outcomes and, based on studies, EBRT has been show to reduce side effects associated with radiotherapy.

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