da Vinci® Prostatectomy is chosen by more men than any other treatment for prostate cancer and is being selected by more and more men worldwide. This minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgical procedure removes the cancerous prostate gland and related structures. da Vinci Prostatectomy offers patients many potential benefits over traditional open surgery in these three areas including:
Studies show that, compared to open surgery, experienced da Vinci surgeons achieve better cancer control and lower positive margin rates. Positive margin rates are a measure of cancer cells left behind and lower is better.
Studies show patients who are potent prior to surgery experience a faster return of erectile function than patients who have open surgery.
Recent studies show more patients have full return of urinary continence within six months as compared to patients having open surgery.
Overall benefits of a da Vinci Prostatectomy include:
The robotic-assisted surgery program is led by Ingolf A. Tuerk, MD, PhD, chief of Urology and director of the Robotic-assisted Surgery Program at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, an leader in laparoscopic and robotic urologic surgery.
What makes Dr. Tuerk special is that he is an oncologist (a specialist in treating cancer), and is laparoscopically trained, which is a unique combination and guarantees expertise all aspects of the treatment of urological cancer including prostate cancer. Dr. Tuerk is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in laparoscopic and robotic surgery and has pioneered many procedures. He was one of the first surgeons in the world to perform laparoscopic prostate cancer surgery starting in April 1999.
Robotic prostatectomy, also known as robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy, is a method to perform minimally invasive prostate cancer surgery. This revolutionary and advanced prostate cancer surgery and prostate cancer treatment method profoundly reduces blood loss, pain, recovery time, and the familiar unwanted side effects of other treatments like incontinence and sexual dysfunction. For this reason, robotic assisted prostate cancer surgery is sometimes called bloodless prostate surgery.
An experienced robotic surgeon, such as Dr. Tuerk, is able to enter into the patient through few small "keyhole" entrances and handle the surgery with some very tiny and precise instruments that allow the doctor to manipulate tissue with great precision and remove the patient's prostate gland without doing any harm to surrounding tissue.
After having a robotic prostatectomy, the patient is left with only a few small marks on his abdomen and none of the scars normally associated with prostate cancer treatment and surgery. Patients are discharged from the hospital within 24 hours and can get back to work and other regular physical activities within seven to 10 days.
Ingolf A. Tuerk, MD, PhD, is chief of Urology and director of the Robotic-assisted Surgery Program at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. Dr. Tuerk is a world renowned expert in laparoscopic and robotic urologic surgery and has pioneered several laparoscopic techniques including radical prostatectomy, radical and partial nephrectomy, right side donor nephrectomy, pyeloplasty, and radical cystectomy with continent urinary diversion.
As director of Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery at Charite Hospital in Berlin (1997-2002) and a Lahey Clinic in Burlington (2003-2008), Dr. Tuerk established successful programs focused on using laparoscopy and robotics to treat cancers of the kidney, testis, bladder and prostate. Since November 2006, Dr. Tuerk has become an expert in the use of the da Vinci® Surgical System, recently acquired by St. Elizabeth’s, and has performed 1,500 robot-assisted radical prostatectomies in the past two years, the most performed by a single surgeon in New England during that time period.
Dr. Tuerk has been an invited speaker and lecturer at many national and international meetings and a visiting professor and guest surgeon performing laparoscopic and robotic radical prostatectomies, radical cystectomies and kidney procedures in the United States, Europe, South American, and Asia. He has served as proctor and teacher for many surgeons around the world related to performing complex laparoscopic and robotic urologic procedures.
The more procedures a physician performs, the better his results tend to be. The experience of Dr. Tuerk, and his team, allows them to individually design each case and more aptly address unforeseen complications.
Our goal is to deliver the "TRIFECTA" and return the patient to a healthy and long life, free of cancer, which includes:
Dr Tuerk, and his team, offer patients:
Robotic Prostatectomy Center at St. Elizabeth's
St. Elizabeth's Medical Office Building
11 Nevins Street
Brighton, MA 02135
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