trifecta

March 2015

Why My Doctor Uses the da Vinci Robot to Remove Cancerous Prostate Glands

By |March 20th, 2015|

The doctor who performed my prostatectomy was – like most urologists – originally trained to do the traditional or “open” type of prostate removal surgery. That’s where they make a 4″ to 6” incision in your groin and go in manually to remove your prostate.

Then the da Vinci Surgical System received approval in the U.S. and some doctors got on the robotic bandwagon and some did not. Today they have a choice – they can choose to do it the traditional (open) way or the robotic way.

There’s no doubt in my mind that the robotic method offers certain clear and distinct advantages compared to traditional or open surgery. There’s no argument there. Why? Because less invasive surgery offered by […]

December 2014

The Urological Trifecta after Radical Prostatectomy – What is it exactly?

By |December 27th, 2014|

Most of us have heard of the word, trifecta, especially as used in the horse racing world, but it can also mean “winning” three things in a row – a triple win if you will. Well urologists also use the term for men who undergo a radical prostatectomy or complete removal of the prostate.

What exactly is the trifecta or triple win after prostate surgery? It’s a very ambitious undertaking to accomplish three goals for you, the patient.
Trifecta Goal #1 Control and/or eliminate the prostate cancer in your body.
This of course has to be the most important goal of any treatment for prostate cancer – take care of the number one problem – eliminate the disease from your body.
Trifecta Goal […]

May 2014

10 Great Things that Happened to Me After Prostate Surgery – The Urological Decafecta

By |May 6th, 2014|

I chose prostate surgery to treat my case of prostate cancer. You and your doctor may choose a different method.
When they wheeled me into the operating room, I had no idea that I would be receiving some “unadvertised” benefits.  Yes, prostate cancer was my diagnosis, and that is not a good thing, but I have to admit that I was more than pleasantly surprised after everything was said and done.

“The 3 goals of successful radical prostatectomy in descending order of importance are cancer control (margins), urinary continence, and potency.”1

 

Urologists sometimes speak of the ” trifecta.”  They’re not talking about horse racing – it’s a term that is sometimes used with prostate removal surgery. What do they mean?  In short, it describes […]

  1. http://www.roboticoncology.com/oncology-articles/organ-confined-prostate-cancer/#sthash.mRo6ONyS.dpuf []
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