Laparoscopic Surgery for Prostate Cancer

Updated at: Aug 18, 2012
Laparoscopic Surgery for Prostate Cancer

Laparoscopic surgery for prostate cancer can be your less painful and less traumatic vehicle to fight cancer. Learn more about it.

Arka Roy Chowdhury
MiscellaneousWritten by: Arka Roy ChowdhuryPublished at: Aug 18, 2012

Surgery can be a nightmare for most people. They don’t like the idea of knives and scissors being used on them, the large incisions made in their body can almost always be a big turn off. Today, modern science has been able to garner a more easy way of conducting a surgery called Laparoscopic surgery. Laparoscopy essentially means to look inside the abdominal with a special camera or scope. Laparoscopy is a modern gem because while traditional surgery requires a long incision (cut) down the centre of the abdomen and a lengthy recovery period, laparoscopic surgery eliminates the need for this large incision. As a result, you may have less pain and scarring after surgery, faster recovery, and less risk of infection.


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A person suffering from prostate cancer can only be eligible for a laparoscopic surgery if the cancer has not spread beyond the prostrate and is not very aggressive. You are not eligible for this surgery if you have had a previous surgery for the pelvic area or for any other reason. You are also not eligible if you have a history of hormone treatment.


There are many advantages to this kind of a surgery and this is because your doctor does not have to make large openings and can control your prostate gland with just 4 to 5 small cuts. This is very helpful because due to such small openings the bleeding is reduced to a considerable extent and hospital stays are also shortened. The pain is reduced as compared to more traditional technique of operations and many patients can only go for over the counter medication.


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Post Surgery:


The post surgery effects are almost similar to traditional surgery. But as mentioned above the pain is diminished and the recovery time is shorter. You must remember that this type of surgery is relatively new for prostate cancer and it has not yet been determined if other postoperative symptoms and side effects are also diminished.


Effects of Surgery:

Fighting cancer is difficult and coming out healed after a surgery does not mean that everything falls in place immediately. So, you may find it difficult to walk during the first couple of days. Also, the gas that was used to inflate the abdominal cavity does not completely disappear after surgery and may push on your diaphragm causing pain in different areas your body.

Laparoscopic surgery is a gem of modern science that you can take help from in order to cure your prostate cancer.


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