The Pioneer 3D Keyhole Surgery for Prostate cancer applied successfully on a Scottish Man

October 28, 2012 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer News

When prostate cancer is diagnosed in a man there are many treatment options which may include radiation therapy, radical prostatectomy etc, to remove the prostate.

A new technology known as the 3D keyhole surgery can now be applied as an effective treatment option to safely remove this prostate. This is a robotic surgery that comes with fewer side effects.

This has been confirmed as the procedure was successfully applied on a British in Scotland for the first time. Here are more details:

 A PROSTATE cancer patient has become the first person in Scotland to have pioneering 3D keyhole surgery.

Bob Pert, 69, of Aberdeen, was unaware he was making history until after the operation.

He was able to walk around the ward less than 24 hours later.

Several treatments were available to the grandad of seven, including open surgery and radiation, when he was diagnosed with cancer in July.

But he opted for a complete prostrate removal.

The specialist equipment used in the op was loaned to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and has only been available in the UK for six weeks.

Bob said: “I felt no pain at all and the nurses were surprised when I refused painkillers because I didn’t feel I needed them.

“I have just five small incisions but the most important thing for me is making sure the cancer is away.

“I feel very honoured to be the first in Scotland.”

Keyhole surgery patients generally feel less pain and have less scarring than those who have open surgery and often have a faster return to normal life.

The hi-tech procedure is also less demanding on the doctor.

Surgeon Justine Royle said the 3D operation was a complete success and much faster than usual.

She said: “In keyhole surgery, we normally use a standard 2D camera.

“But this unit has two cameras which go inside the patient and are connected to a large screen which allows us to view things in detailed 3D with the help of special goggles.

“A prostate removal operation generally takes three hours.


“But I was able to complete Bob’s operation in two, so he lost very little blood.

“The quality of the image was excellent and it allowed us to see things even better, as well as being less physically demanding for me and more comfortable.” Source.

So, this could now be a breakthrough technology for treating those with early stage prostate cancer.

This robotic approach so far is less invasive, saves time and gives the doctor better precision skill so that damage to nearby cells is avoided. With the 3D capabilities, this can be achieved.

Perhaps, medical science has now found a better procedure to treat men with prostate cancer. Bob Pert’s case is an inspiring example that may give hope to others men out there considering the best treatment options to take.

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