Surgery is also known as minimally invasive surgery. This is where a procedure
takes place through small incisions in the skin. Dr Ian Smith undertook his Laparoscopic Training in Melbourne. His main focus during this training was a Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy, for the treatment of Prostate cancer. He also performs laparoscopic surgery to manage kidney cancers, doing both partial and full Nephrectomies through this minimally invasive approach.
The benefits of a laparoscopic approach to surgery are; - faster recovery times - less post operative pain than open surgery - smaller scars on the skin than open surgery
How is a Laparoscopic Prostatectomy Performed: The surgery itself takes approximately 3 - 4 hours. You can expect to have 5 small incisions. There is a dissection phase where Dr Smith will remove your prostate and the cancer involved. He will then reconstruct the anatomy, placing a catheter in situ to support this reconstruction. During the procedure Dr Smith will decide to remove the lymph nodes or not, depending on the pathology results taken while operating. The benefit of this minimally invasive approach is the short recovery it offers you. After the procedure, it is normal to feel tired and not 100%. You should typically only expect to be in hospital for 2 nights’ post procedure.