da Vinci Surgical System
Monterey Bay Urology Associates are the first urologists in the Monterey Bay Area to perform minimally-invasive prostate cancer surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical system. Our urologists have experience with well over 1000 prostate cancer operations, and have been performing robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy since January 2003, using a robotic assistant named Aesop®. As the technology has improved, our urologists have enhanced their surgical skills, and are taking this less-invasive surgical technique to a new level using the state-of-the-art technology of the da Vinci® Surgical System. By dramatically enhancing visualization, precision, control and dexterity, the da Vinci® Surgical System overcomes the limitations of traditional laparoscopic technology, helping surgeons to perform complex surgery in a manner never before experienced. With enhanced surgical capabilities, our urologists are now able to extend the benefits of minimally invasive surgery to the broadest possible range of patients and achieve the best results possible. Dr. Mark Rosen and Dr. David Benjamin are the first urologists in the Monterey Bay area to perform this innnovative surgery, using the latest da Vinci-S robotic system at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. Click here to request a consultation with one of our expert urologic surgeons, or call either office to make an appointment. (Santa Cruz 831-476-2626 Watsonville 831-728-4227)
The da Vinci Surgical System from Intuitive Surgical, Inc. enhances surgical capabilities, providing superior visualization, enhanced dexterity, greater precision and ergonomic comfort. As a result of these capabilities, surgeons can now perform even complex surgery using 1-2 cm incisions. This enables urolgists to offer minimally invasive prostate cancer surgery to the broadest possible range of patients. Advantages to the patient include:
Moreover, recent studies suggest that da Vinci prostatectomy may offer improved cancer control and a lower incidence of impotence and urinary incontinence. The Vinci® Surgical System is used in over 400 hospitals around the world for prostate cancer and kidney surgery, obesity and stomach surgery, cardiac bypass, hysterectomy and other operations. The da Vinci Surgical System has been successfully used in tens of thousands of minimally invasive procedures worldwide.
The trauma from the mini-openings of da Vinci prostatectomy (right) is much less than traditional open surgery (left)
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.
The System cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions on its own. The da Vinci System requires that every surgical maneuver be performed with direct input from your surgeon.
The da Vinci® Surgical instruments can move like the human wrist
Your surgeon will be in the operating room with you and help prepare you for surgery. After the patient is asleep and the small incisions are made for the instruments, the surgeon sits at the operating console. The surgeon views an actual image of the surgical field and operates in real-time, using instruments which are moved by the surgical robot. The robotic arms move precisely according to the movement of the surgeon's hands, allowing the surgeon to perform the surgery faster, with more precision and less trauma to the patient.
Several features of the da Vinci® Surgical System contribute to the superior surgical outcomes. The surgeon looks through binocular eye pieces which show the view from the surgical field in 3-dimensional vision, and also magnify the image up to 10 times. The superior magnification and depth of field provided by the da Vinci® Surgical System greatly enhances the ability to perform delicate nerve-sparing surgery. The surgeons hands fit into "pincher-grip" hand controls in the console which move the robotic instruments inside the patient. The da Vinci® Surgical System utilizes motion scaling, so that larger movements of the surgeons's hands are turned into smaller movements of the surgical instruments, which allows much more precise surgical disssection and suturing. In addition, the instruments of the da Vinci® Surgical System have "wrist-like" movement, which allows them to move in the same way as the human hand can move. This allows the surgeon to make precise, complex movements that cannot be performed easily with standard laparoscopy or open surgery.
The surgeon sits at the controls of the da Vinci® Surgical System
There is considerable evidence that da Vinci prostatectomy offers the same cancer cure rate as traditional open cancer surgery, with improved patient outcomes. The risk of blood transfusion during surgery (1%) is much lower than open surgery, and the average hospital stay after surgery is less than 24 hours. Most patients have a catheter for only 5-7 days, and are able to return to most normal activities within 2 weeks of surgery. Our experience with minimally-invasive prostate surgery is that patients have return of normal urinary control and sexual function faster than after open prostate surgery.
There are a number of excellent treatment options for localized prostate cancer. Most men who wish to have surgery are good candidates for da Vinci Prostatectomy. Rare patients who have had multiple abdominal or pelvic surgeries may not be able to have minimally-invasive surgery, and most of these men are better suited by other types of treatments. The urologists at MBUA are prostate treatment experts who can help men decide which treatment is best for them.