Robotic Surgery for Prostate Cancer

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Robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy is a modern way to perform radical prostatectomy for the treatment of localized prostate cancer in appropriate patients. Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Urology Department ranks among the nation's most respected, providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care, including state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment capabilities. In this episode of Patient Power sponsored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. William Wei Lin joins Andrew to discuss the advanced options of robotic surgery and how it provides unparalleled 3-dimensional views of the pelvic anatomy, helping to preserve urinary continence and erectile function. Dr. Lin is a urologist on the medical staff at Northwestern Memorial and clinical instructor of Urology at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.

The discussion begins with Dr. Lin explaining when surgery is necessary and what type of patient robotic surgery. He talks about using surgery as a treatment option and goes on to explain the difference between traditional surgery and robotic surgery. He then goes into detail about the benefits and precision of robotic surgery. Dr. Lin stresses the importance of finding an experienced surgeon and the best way to find someone with the appropriate expertise.

Dr. Lin speaks about determining the need for surgery as a treatment for prostate cancer, whether or not surgery is necessary and surgery in conjunction with radiation treatment. He also talks about traditional surgeries and how these procedures may be right for certain patients and are still quite effective. If you’re looking for a comprehensive overview of robotic surgery for prostate cancer, this program is for you.

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Andrew Schorr:

Hello and welcome once again to Patient Power on HealthNet on I'm Andrew Schorr. This is another one of our programs that we do with an eminent medical expert every two weeks on the Northwestern Memorial Hospital website.

We earlier did a discussion, a more general discussion, on prostate cancer, and of course prostate cancer is scary to any man, and of course we've been told that many men will die as they get older with prostate cancer rather than from it, but certainly when you have that diagnosis you want to know what should be done. And one of the approaches that's been developed now is not just surgery but using a robot, a robotic surgery for prostate cancer. So with us today is Dr. William Lin, who does robotic surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Of course, he's a urologist and he's associated with the Feinberg School of Medicine as well.

Dr. Lin, thank you so much for being with us on Patient Power.

Dr. Lin:


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