MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- If you’re like many men, you’ve worried about prostate cancer. It’s understandable, given that about 161,360 men are diagnosed each year, according to the American Cancer Society. The good news is that today, men who need treatment have unprecedented options with more precision than ever, including minimally invasive da Vinci surgery. At Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH), robot-assisted surgery allows urologists to treat cancer in delicate areas with greater surgical precision than ever before and offers a quick return to normal activities.
The innovative da Vinci Surgical System at NWH is controlled by a surgeon specially-trained in robotic-assisted surgery. Surgeons are able to remove the prostate and nearby lymph nodes using smaller incisions and enhanced visualization. This precision ultimately results in a smoother recovery and less pain. Men who receive treatment with the da Vinci robot also benefit from a lower risk of infection, minimal scarring and decreased blood loss, all of which add to a better recovery.
However, equally important to the advanced treatment options offered at NWH, is the emotional care and compassion for patients and their families. "The staff was constantly attentive to both myself and my family," said Tom, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer and received treatment at NWH. "My doctor himself kept my wife updated, which is really invaluable from my perspective."
Following screening recommendations and diagnosing prostate cancer earlier saves lives. Once diagnosed, it’s important to find a treatment plan that is right for you. Technological advancements coupled with an emotional understanding at NWH worked for Tom. “Under the circumstances, it was a really great experience.”
If you have prostate cancer or are close to someone who does, knowing what to expect can help you cope. Visit the Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery at NWH to learn more.
To find a physician, contact Northern Westchester Hospital: 877-469-4362, or request online.