A radical prostatectomy is an operation performed by surgeons to remove the prostate and seminal vesicles in men with a diagnosis of prostate cancer. In most men the aim of radical prostatectomy is to remove all of the cancer, thereby providing a cure. Whilst prostatectomy may be performed safely by open or standard keyhole techniques, Nottingham Urology Group surgeons are now pleased to offer robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy using the da Vinci® Surgical System.
In recent years, robotic prostatectomy has been shown to be safe and effective for prostate removal and it is now considered the method of choice in many cancer centres throughout the country and across the world, associated with fewer complications, better outcomes and faster recovery times than traditional surgical techniques.
The £2.2million da Vinci® Surgical System, funded by Nottingham University Hopsitals NHS Trust and the Nottingham Hospitals Charity is currently the only surgical robot in the East Midlands. The system utilises high-definition 3D vision and articulated instruments to afford the surgeon an unprecedented level of precision and dexterity than ever before. Robotic prostatectomy is carried out regularly by two of our surgeons; Ben Sherwood and Tom Walton.
Tom Walton, Urology Cancer Lead at NUH and Nottingham Urology Group surgeon completed a robotic fellowship in Melbourne, Australia before returning to the UK to develop the robotic programme in Nottingham, performing the East Midland’s first robotic prostatectomy in February 2014.
Ben Sherwood, Consultant Urological Surgeon, gained experience in Robotic Prostatectomy in Western Australia in 2010. Having completed further training in the UK and Belgium, he has been performing this surgery in Nottingham for the last two years.
For more information about robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy please click here for our comprehensive RARP information sheet (650kb). Alternatively, if you wish to arrange an appointment to see one of our surgeons, please contact Clair Byrne at the BMI Park Hospital on (0115) 9662113.