Radical Prostatectomy or Robotic Surgery

A radical prostatectomy or prostate cancer robotic surgery can have many adverse side effects. A robotic prostatectomy, or radical prostatectomy assisted by robotic surgery, can produce a number of adverse side effects

Radical prostatectomy side effects

There are many negative radical prostatectomy side effects. Many men choose cryotherapy instead to mitigate against the adverse prostatectomy side effects . Radical prostatectomy or robotic surgery can have a prolonged recovery period compared to cryotherapy.
Radical Prostatectomy Side Effects


Radical prostatectomy is major surgical intervention performed under general anesthesia. A prostatectomy removes the entire prostate gland along with some surrounding tissue. The goal of radical prostatectomy is to remove the cancer entirely and prevent its spread to other parts of the body. Surgery usually takes 2 to 4 hours. Patients require hospitalization for 2-3 days, assuming there are no complications.

Over the last several years, many hospitals have begun offering robotic surgery to remove the prostate. During robotic surgery, the surgeon operates the “robot” from a location outside the operating room. This procedure is less invasive than traditional surgery. It may be associated with less blood loss than traditional open surgery, however the need for a transfusion is still a risk.

While robotic surgery has been heavily marketed throughout the world, there has been recent evidence revealing that complications associated with this form of surgery are actually higher than with traditional open prostatectomy (non laparoscopic). These complications include incontinence and sexual dysfunction.

Robotic Prostate Surgery May Mean Big Trade-off

Study: Less-invasive Prostate Surgery May Mean Higher Risk Of Incontinence, Sexual Problems

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There is another minimally invasive option

Cryotherapy is an effective, minimally invasive treatment for prostate cancer with lower rates of urinary incontinence compared to surgery. Blood loss is virtually unheard of. Impotency may be a side effect of cryotherapy. Be sure to discuss this and other potential side effects with a physician experienced in cryotherapy. Click here for more information

Cryotherapy is typically performed on an outpatient basis (the patient can leave the hospital the same day) and typically only requires one treatment.

Cryotherapy is covered by Medicare in all 50 states and by most major insurance companies.

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Click below to view an animated representation of a minimally invasive prostate cryotherapy procedure.

Aaron Katz is a world renowned Urologist in the field of cryotherapy. Dr. Katz hosts a 30 minute radio show in New York every Sunday morning. Listen to this 30 minute show dedicated to prostate cryotherapy.

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