Robotic Prostatectomy in the UK

Robot-assisted prostate removal surgery

Prostatectomy using the da Vinci© surgical robot is a minimally invasive procedure to treat prostate cancer

What is a radical prostatectomy? 

A radical prostatectomy is a surgical operation to remove the prostate gland and some surrounding tissue.

A robotic prostatectomy uses the state-of-the-art da Vinci© Surgical System for the surgery. The da Vinci robot, is operated by the surgeon from a console.

The precision of this keyhole technique offer nerve sparing capabilities, and help reduce recovery time for patients. The risks of impotence or incontinence associated with more invasive ‘open’ techniques are also reduced.

Need to know

  • What happens during surgery? icon plus

    The da Vinci© Surgical System is a computerised robotic system controlled entirely by your surgeon from a nearby console.

    Surgery is done through six small incisions in your abdomen. These small incisions allow access for a high-magnification 3D camera, along with specialised surgical instruments attached to the arms of the da Vinci© robot.

    This camera gives your surgeon a highly detailed view for the procedure, while the robotic arms allow for precise and delicate manipulation of the instruments to remove your prostate.

    • The whole procedure usually takes two to three hours in theatre
    • The procedure is done under general anaesthetic
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Your consultant will explain how to prepare for the procedure and answer any questions you may have. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved.

    Because you will be having general anaesthetic, they’ll let you know how long you should avoid eating and drinking beforehand. You should also arrange for someone to take you home after your operation and hospital stay.
  • After surgery icon plus

    Most people will be cared for in hospital for one or two nights following surgery, this will be confirmed by your consultant. As part of the procedure, a catheter will be put in place to drain urine from your bladder during the healing process. This will remain in place for several days following surgery, and you will be advised when the catheter can be removed.

    A physiotherapist will talk you through pelvic floor exercises to help with bladder control as part of your recovery. Your consultant will advise the time period for when you can get back to your normal routine, including work or exercise.

Paying for medical treatment

You don’t need health insurance to have fast access to our top consultants, extensive range of treatments, diagnostic tests and surgical procedures at our world-class facilities.

Our urology consultants

We're proud to work with leading urologists who are experienced in surgery of the prostate using a da Vinci robot as well as open surgery techniques.

Our locations

We have a number of hospitals in the HCA UK network, who offer surgery via the da Vinci robot surgical system. 

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Our team can help with any enquiries or you can make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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