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The Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center now offers selected patients diagnosed with prostate cancer and who meet the requirements the option of undergoing a minimally invasive, robotic-assisted prostatectomy with the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System. During the da Vinci® procedure, your urologist on the medical staff at Baylor Dallas works through several half-inch incisions or ports that accommodate a camera and robotic instruments. The camera magnifies the field of view approximately 10 times and provides a three-dimensional image. Sitting at a nearby console, the physician controls the robot's "wrist," which holds the instruments and mimics the movements of the human hand. The magnification and dexterity of the robot allow for better control, more precise tissue removal and less trauma to the surrounding nerves and tissues. Sparing the nerves and tissues is critical, because damage may be linked to erectile dysfunction that can accompany traditional prostate surgery. After an overnight stay in the hospital, patients can typically return to their normal routines in about a week.
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