Robotic Surgery

One of the most innovative forms of treatment for prostate cancer is robotic prostatectomy.

Robotic Prostatectomy with Nerve Sparing

Robotic surgery for prostate cancer, or robotic prostatectomy, is a robot-assisted, minimally invasive surgery that is quickly becoming the preferred treatment for removal of the prostate following early diagnosis of prostate cancer. Urologists James McCoy, MD, Margaret Ekroth, MD, Luke Brunkhorst, DO, and Eric Shreve, MD are currently providing the minimally invasive, state-of-the-art procedure at Mercy Iowa City, using the da Vinci Surgical System.

Prostatectomy Comparison

The system enables surgeons to operate with unmatched precision and control using only a few small incisions. This technique offers:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • And a faster return to normal daily activities

Any diagnosis of cancer can be traumatic. But if prostate cancer is caught early and robotic surgery is performed, the likelihood of complete recovery without long-term side effects is, for most patients, better than it has ever been.

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Other robotic procedures performed at Mercy:

  • Nephrectomy – kidney removal for treatment of cancer
  • Nephroureterectomy – kidney and ureter removal for treatment of cancer
  • Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction Repair – reconstruction of a kidney drainage system that is blocked by a benign process
  • Partial nephrectomy – removal of the diseased part of the kidney for smaller tumors

James McCoy, MD   Ekroth-Margaret 9375-webbio   Brunkhorst-Luke 8429Kf-webbio   Shreve-Eric 8326Kf-webbio