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da Vinci Surgery with Teresa Corbett, RN, Administrative Director, Surgical Services

Teresa Corbett

Teresa Corbett, RN, is Administrative Director, Surgical Services at
Wayne Memorial Hospital and has been with the Hospital for over 30 years.

I have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Can you help me understand the advantages of da Vinci robotic prostatectomy vs. traditional prostate surgery?

— Bill C., Goldsboro

Until recently, men facing prostate cancer surgery had little choice of available surgical procedures. Thankfully, that has changed.

Robotic prostatectomy is an advanced way to perform minimally invasive prostate cancer surgery. The surgical robotic unit, da Vinci, has truly revolutionized and advanced prostate cancer surgery.

Unlike the traditional open prostatectomy which involves a large incision and unwanted side effects, the precision of the da Vinci allows your doctor to remove the prostate gland with less movement or manipulation of the surrounding tissue resulting in less pain, less blood loss, & reduced recovery time.

The majority of the robotic prostatectomy patients may be discharged the following morning after surgery.

While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci system, individual results may vary. We encourage you to ask your physician about all treatment options available to you, as well as their risks and benefits.

Why is it called the da Vinci Surgical System?

— Heather E., Kinston

Great question!

It is called “da Vinci” in part because Leonardo da Vinci invented the first robot.

He also used unparalleled anatomical accuracy and three-dimensional details to bring his masterpieces to life. Similarly, the da Vinci Surgical System provides doctors with enhanced detail and precision.