Q: How do I know if I am a
candidate for robotic prostatectomy?
A: Potential candidates for the
robotic surgery must be under 75 years
old and weigh less than 250 lbs. In
addition, having had pervious pelvic
radiation or multiple abdominal
surgeries will make you ineligible for
Q: Will my insurance cover
A: The majority of insurance companies
pay for this surgery as they would the
traditional prostatectomy, however there
are exceptions. Please consult with your
insurance carrier to confirm your
Q: Does the robotic
prostatectomy result in a higher cancer
cure rate than traditional surgery?
A: Traditional surgery results
in very high cancer cure rates. Because
of its precision, the completeness of
cancer removal may be even higher for
robotic prostatectomy than a traditional
Q: How long does the operation
A: Typically, the procedure
itself will take four hours.
Q: Will this operation render me
A: Yes, all patients undergoing
either type of prostatectomy will be
rendered sterile (i.e. will not be able
to father children) after the procedure.
Q: How long can I expect to stay
in the hospital after the procedure?
A: The average patient stay is
Q: After the surgery, when will
I be able to resume normal activities?
A: Some of the major advantages
of this surgery are decreased bleeding
and decreased pain which results in a
faster and easier recuperation time.
Most individuals will be able to resume
normal activities within a few days of
Q: How long can I expect to be
off work after the procedure?
A: You should be able to resume
normal activities in two weeks. However,
this varies by patient and should be
discussed with your physician.
Q: How long will it take to
regain complete urinary control after
A: Ninety percent of patients
undergoing robotic prostatectomy will
regain full urinary control two months
after the surgery and ninety-six percent
within six months.
Q: Will I be able to have normal
sexual relations immediately after the
A: Sexual function generally
returns over a period of time. Although
all individuals are different,
physicians work closely with patients to
ensure the best possible outcomes after
surgery, including sexual function.