(Above: The da Vinci Robotic Surgery System allows an experienced surgeon to remotely control the da Vinci Robot with extreme precision and enhanced visual guidance)
Finding the Right Surgeon
The key to finding the right da Vinci surgeon is experience, experience, experience– and USMD Prostate Cancer Center in Arlington, Texas, has the record to satisfy this important factor in surgical excellence! With over 2,800 robotic surgeries performed to-date, the USMD Prostate Cancer Center is home to one of the country's largest Robotic Surgery programs.
Executive Director Dr. Justin Lee, one of the department's key surgeons, is dedicated to providing patients at USMD Prostate Cancer Center an unparalleled level of quality patient care, excellent surgical outcomes and helping patients retain their normal functions after undergoing robot-assisted prostate cancer surgery.
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About Dr. Lee
Justin Lee, MD is a native of Dallas. He attended Centenary College, Shreveport, La., on athletic and academic scholarships. He finished his undergraduate degree graduating Cum Laude from the University of Texas. He then completed his medical degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Lee served 6 years of surgical and urologic training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Hermann and Memorial Hospitals and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Dr. Lee has been certified by the American Board of Urology. He has undergone extensive training with one of the pioneering surgeons in the use of the Da Vinci Surgical System, being one of the most experienced in the country. Dr. Lee participated in the development of USMD Hospital's robotics program and is now the Director of USMDPCC's Robotics Program. He specializes in Robotic Prostate surgery for localized prostate cancer.
About USMD Prostate Cancer Center
Through our dedication and commitment to excellence, we encompass all areas of prostate cancer care. We have integrated a concierge style of medicine and very personalized care for every patient at USMD Prostate Cancer Center. Our goal is to help you completely understand your condition, determine your best treatment options and get you back to a life complete with excellent health!
If you have received the diagnosis of prostate cancer, you can be assured that USMD Prostate Cancer Center has an impeccable reputation for delivering an unprecedented level of care. You will be in the best hands possible to stop the cancer and allow you to return to an active lifestyle - quickly, with few side effects and minimum disruptions.
USMD Prostate Cancer Center is the latest addition to the centers of excellence under the USMD Hospital at Arlington located in Arlington, Texas. For more information about the USMD Prostate Cancer Center or to speak with one of our Patient Navigators please call 1-888-PROSTATE.
Your Physician is STILL in Control!
As amazing the da Vinci Robotic Surgery System is, it still does not take place of your surgeon's ultimate control over the procedure. With the incredible advancement of technology used to produce these wonderfully helpful machines, the da Vinci system acts solely as the surgeon's set of tools in order to conduct the surgery. You can be confident that both doctor and machine partner TOGETHER in order to conduct a procedure that has produced world-renowned results– earning a stellar reputation in amazing patient outcomes and effective eradication of cancer in the prostate!
"What should I expect the day of surgery?"
Before the operation, anesthesia is administered and the patient goes to sleep for the entire duration of the procedure (lasts only between 2 to 4 hours). The patient's abdomen is inflated to create an ample operating space for the surgeon. Six small incisions (1/4 to 1/2 inch in length) are made in the patient's abdomen and "ports" are inserted to keep the incisions open (this is in contrast to a large, invasive cut across the abdomen used in traditional open prostatectomies).
During the procedure, the surgeon uses the da Vinci system's laparoscopic surgical instruments and a high-definition camera (which enables the surgeon to see the surgical site clearly and in 3D!) to direct the dissection of the prostate gland and surrounding tissue. The surgeon then uses nerve-sparing techniques to preserve the nerves attached to the prostate gland. At the end of the surgery, the ports are removed from the patient's abdomen and the remaining incisions are closed with sutures.
The patient will wake up with a urinary catheter in place. He will likely spend one night in the hospital resting and recovering from the effects of anesthesia. As anesthesia wears off, there may be discomfort, for which pain medication may be administered. The medical team will help the patient begin to sit upright, stand and eventually walk around– which is recommended throughout the recovery period. Because a catheter typically remains in place for approximately 7 days, the doctor will review guidelines for use that will ease discomfort and ensure proper function of the catheter during this time.
To learn more about the robotic prostatectomy procedure, please consult a physician or request a consultation from USMD Prostate Cancer Center!
Introducing the da Vinci®
Robotic Surgery System
Robotic surgery using the Da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System, particularly used for treatment of prostate cancer at USMD Prostate Cancer Center in Arlington, Texas, is a minimally invasive surgical procedure technique that allows a surgeon more precision, safety and overall effectiveness in the operating room over traditional surgical methods.
Robotic Surgery and Prostate Cancer
Robotic surgery for prostate cancer allows surgeons to effectively and precisely treat prostate cancer with numerous benefits, which include:
- Reduced Scarring
- Less Trauma and Pain
- Rapid Recovery
- Shorter Hospital stays
- Nerve-Sparing Techniques used to help preserve urinary and erectile functions after surgery.
Further, the da Vinci system allows experienced surgeons to extend their expertise and utilize the following technological elements through robot-assisted surgery:
- Enhanced 3-D analysis of the surgical area
- Improved dexterity
- Enhanced surgical precision
- Amplified range of motion
Your surgeon will discuss all potential benefits and risks with you before your procedure, as not all benefits can be guaranteed. However, the da Vinci System has proven to be an effective advanced instrument, allowing your surgeon to perform your procedure with added accuracy and precision. The robot is not in control of the procedure– rather, your surgeon controls all aspects of your treatment utilizing the da Vinci System.
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Your Questions Answered
"What are the advantages to Robotic Surgery using the Da Vinci Robotic Surgery System over conventional surgery? Is it as effective? What kind of results can I expect within reason?"
When faced with the choice to undergo surgery, most patients have many questions when considering recommended surgical methods. The experienced, world-class physicians at USMD Prostate Cancer Center in Arlington, Texas, have answers to a handful of key questions
in an effort to educate you about the many advantages to this amazing surgical technology.
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Thanks to advanced surgical technologies, many surgeons utilize the treatment advantages offered through the da Vinci Robotic Surgery System. The da Vinci Robot essentially enables the surgeon to perform a major surgical operation through very small incisions, potentially offering significantly less pain, a shorter hospital stay and a faster, more complete return to normal activities!
"What actually happens during my treatment using the da Vinci Surgical System?"
Physicians often refer to this procedure as a robot-assisted "prostatectomy", or removal of the prostate. Under the right conditions, this is regarded as the best way to ensure that cancer cells of the prostate are eradicated from the body as completely as possible.
In contrast to traditional "open" prostatectomies, the procedure using the da Vinci Robotic Surgery System is far less invasive than conventional open and laparoscopic methods. This results in a procedure performed with incredible accuracy, involving far less post-operative pain and concluding with a faster, more complete recovery!
In prostate cancer treatment, the awareness and preservation of nerve fibers and blood vessels that are attached to the prostate gland is critical. To spare these nerves, a surgeon must delicately and precisely separate them before removing the prostate. The da Vinci Robotic Surgery System is able to perform these functions with amazing precision– increasing the ability for a patient to retain urinary and erectile function after surgery.
This aspect is a crucial interest of most patients undergoing a prostatectomy procedure. The da Vinci Robot enables surgeons the ability to effectively remove the prostate while helping each and every patient return to a normal life.
In several published studies, da Vinci robot-assisted prostatectomies have shown equal or lower rates of positive surgical margins (margins within cancer cells left behind) than large studies of other forms of surgery.
Urinary Continence and Sexual Function
Studies show patients who undergo a robot-assisted prostatectomy may experience a faster return of urinary continence following surgery and lower rates of urinary pain that radiation patients experience. Several studies also show patients who are potent prior to surgery recover their sexual function within a year following surgery assisted by the da Vinci Robot. Talk to your surgeon about realistic expectation for your recovery of sexual function and any rehabilitation programs available to you (this may include exercise and drug therapy).
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