Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy involves removal of the prostate using less invasive techniques than are employed with traditional surgery. A telescopic instrument called a laparoscope is inserted into the abdomen through a small incision at the belly button. A camera attached to the laparoscope allows surgeons to view inside the abdomen and perform the surgery without having to make a large incision. Usually 4 more small incisions are made in the abdomen to accommodate surgical instruments and the surgery is performed by 2 surgeons, one on each side of the patient.
Since this technique is less invasive, patients spend much less time in the hospital (usually 2 nights as compared with 5 nights with traditional surgery) and the recovery tends to be faster. Blood loss is also considerably less with this technique
Robot-assisted Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy (RALRP) is the latest advancement in surgical technology for the treatment of prostate cancer. This robot-assisted surgery provides the benefits of laparoscopic surgery, but with important improvements: