The radical robotic prostatectomy
is a surgery used in the treatment of prostate cancer.
The surgery is similar to the radical laparoscopic prostatectomy
except the surgeon performs the procedure remotely at
a robotic console. The surgeon uses master controls
to direct the movement of the robotic arms which are
the tools that actually touch the patient. Some surgeons
are more comfortable performing the robotic prostatectomy
as opposed to the laparoscopic prostatectomy because
the robotic arms have a high degree of rotation and
do not tremor as human hands do. It is more difficult
for the robotic prostatectomy to perform the nerve-sparing
technique in addition to the lymph node dissection.