Da Vinci prostatectomy refers to a technique in current widespread use to remove the prostate. It is performed with a sophisticated surgical device called the da Vinci robot that assists the surgeon to remove the prostate laparoscopically.
The operation itself is very similar to the standard prostatectomy, with the same structures being removed. The da Vinci robot assists the surgeon by providing excellent visibility and fine movements of small surgical arms within your body. The robot does not do any surgery on its own, and is not programmed to do any operating by itself; it is completely controlled by the surgeon.
Advantages include less blood loss, less postoperative discomfort, and faster return to full activities. It is important to note that not all patients with prostate cancer are good candidates for robotic prostatectomy. It is also important to know that the same types of complications are possible with robotic prostatectomy as with standard prostatectomy as noted above.