Robot Assisted Prostatectomy for Prostate Cancer

At the Cancer Center at BIDMC, prostate cancer patients are cared for by a multidisciplinary team of prostate cancer specialists. These specialists include medical oncologists, radiation oncologist and surgeons, among others. We see most patients within a week, and deliver diagnoses and treatments promptly.

If a patient and his doctors decide that surgery is the best choice for his cancer, he may be a candidate for a robot-assisted prostatectomy. This is a minimally invasive approach to the traditional "open" prostatectomy. In the past, prostatectomy was accomplished with open surgery, that is, through a 5- to 8-inch incision in the lower abdomen. Advances in minimally invasive technology today provide patients with a less invasive surgical alternative. Excellent cure rates are the result, with fewer potential complications like blood loss, protracted pain, infection, transfusions and extended hospital stays.

National Leader in Robotic Surgery for Prostate Cancer

Studies have shown that high-volume centers produce the best surgical outcomes. Our Prostate Cancer Program is Boston’s foremost center of robotic surgery for prostate cancer, with two fellowship-trained surgeons who have performed more than 2,000 minimally invasive procedures. The BIDMC Cancer Center is a national leader in the use of this approach for prostate cancer surgery. We are the only New England institution that offers a training course to other urologic surgeons in robotic prostate cancer surgery.

We invite interested patients and their doctors to contact our center for more information. Our surgeons have received advanced training and are considered experts in prostate cancer care. They have performed hundreds of prostatectomies and have authored numerous publications. Most patients are seen and evaluated within one week.

Patient's Guide to Prostate Cancer Surgery at BIDMC