Nearly half of all men will experience symptoms of an enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), by the age of 60. Learn about four treatments.
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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.
Those of us in good health may see life as a glass half full. But if we want to stay healthy, that glass should be empty. Water makes up two-thirds of the human body, so we need to keep the liquid flowing. Good hydration is necessary to balance salts and sugars, to lubricate joints and…
Testicular cancer is rare but is more prominent in younger men. Self-examinations is the first step to detection.