More than 40,000 of the nearly 80,500 new cases of bladder cancer estimated to be diagnosed in 2019 will be found in smokers.
The prospect of surgery can be unsettling for anyone, and not just those who get queasy at the sight of a needle. The possibility of missed work, pain and an extensive recovery can cause many to put off non-urgent but necessary procedures.
Fortunately, there are alternatives to open surgery for many conditions, including prostate, kidney and bladder cancers, and robotics is a leading option. In fact, hundreds of thousands of robotic surgeries are performed in the United States every year as patients seek treatments that are less invasive and require reduced hospital stays.
Still, there are many things people do not know about robotic surgery. For one thing, the robot is not performing the surgery. Rather, the surgeon performs the procedure with miniaturized instruments, guiding the robotic arms against a three-dimensional image of the surgical field. The system replicates the surgeon’s movements in real time.
Here are a few other aspects of robotic surgery that may surprise you:
Patients should not put off for tomorrow a surgery that can be successfully, and less invasively, performed today. With robotics, people can recover faster and be back to their regular schedules sooner. There is nothing to fear in that.
If going to the bathroom is spooking you, there may be reasons beyond a potential illness.
The number of men expected to be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year could nearly populate the entire city of Fort Lauderdale. That image doesn’t exactly conjure a day at the beach. But it does have a silver lining, which is this: All men do have the ability to limit their risks and identify symptoms…