Robotic assisted prostatectomy offers a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery in the management of men with prostate cancer.


  • Access to the prostate is achieved via several small incisions rather than a large lower abdominal incision
  • Shorter duration of hospital stay – average length of stay is one night in hospital
  • Less post operative pain
  • Quicker return to normal activities
  • Less blood loss and significantly lower risk of blood transfusion
  • Precise reconstruction and nerve sparing due to the highly magnified 3D imaging provided by the robotic camera system
  • Equivalent cancer outcomes compared with the open technique

What to expect

  • When performed by an experienced surgeon in a high volume centre, radical prostatectomy is associated with an excellent chance of cure
  • Although most patients will experience temporary loss of urine control, 95% of patients are satisfied with their urinary function in the longer term. Less than 2% will require additional surgical procedures to manage problematic incontinence
  • For men with normal pre-operative sexual function, about 70% will regain erections following surgery adequate for intercourse