Columbia St. Mary's Offers Minimally Invasive Surgery to Remove Cancerous Prostate Glands

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Columbia St. Mary’s now offers minimally invasive surgery to remove a cancerous prostate gland, providing many advantages over the traditional way of removing the prostate gland.

Surgical removal of the prostate can be performed in one of two ways—the traditional way, which involves a long incision and a lengthy recovery period, or laparoscopically. Laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery is performed through a few small incisions (5-10 millimeters) in the abdomen. The surgeon removes the prostate gland using the latest technology in fiber optics and surgical instruments. Men who are candidates for prostate removal surgery are those from ages 40 to 70 who are otherwise in good health.

"Removal of the prostate gland is the 'gold standard' for the treatment of prostate cancer," said Dr. Pedro Banda, one of a few urologic surgeons in Wisconsin performing minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Banda, a board certified urologist and a member of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, recently joined the medical staff of Columbia St. Mary’s, and is a partner in Urology Specialists, S.C.

“Laparoscopic surgery for the removal of the prostate gland has been performed for about four to five years,” Dr. Banda said. “The cancer cure rate is equal to the traditional 'open' method, but with significant advantages. Men who undergo laparoscopic surgery for removal of the prostate gland experience less blood loss, less pain following surgery, shorter hospital stays, and more rapid recoveries. In addition, a man's quality of life is excellent both in terms of continence and potency."

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in men, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men. Approximately 220,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed this year, and it will claim about 32,000 lives.

In addition to performing laparoscopic prostatectomies, Dr. Banda performs other minimally invasive surgeries, including laparoscopic nephrectomies for removal of kidney cancer, and laparoscopic adrenalectomies for adrenal cancer.

For more information contact Urology Specialists, SC at 414-527-3000.



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