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Robotic cancer surgery
Just what is robotic cancer surgery?
You might think it’s something out of a scary sci-fi movie – but actually, robot-assisted cancer surgery isn’t performed by hulking metal creatures leaning over your bed. Doctors use high-tech miniature robotics (minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery) to perform delicate operations without making huge incisions. Especially for patients with prostate cancer, robotic surgery is an increasingly effective treatment.
Unfortunately, innovative cancer treatments like robotic surgery come at a price. Standard health insurance often will not pay for cancer surgery, and you should have a financial plan in place. If you think you could be at risk for prostate cancer, you should apply for a cancer insurance policy on Cancerplans.com.
In recent years, Henry Ford Hospital’s Vattikuti Urology Center has pioneered the use of robotic surgery for prostate cancer. According to a recent Henry Ford study published in the medical journal European Urology, robotic surgery is now a more common and more successful prostate cancer treatment than traditional open surgery. Overall, robotic surgery patients needed fewer blood transfusions, had fewer surgery-related complications and stayed in the hospital for shorter periods of time.
85% of patients who had robotic surgery for prostate cancer remained cancer-free after 5 years. 98% of robotic surgery patients can return home within 24 hours of the procedure.