Prostatectomy is the general surgical term for prostate removal. A Da Vinci prostatectomy is a form of robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery that uses a special robot called the Da Vinci unit. Many oncologists and surgeons recommend that prostate cancer patients have Da Vinci prostatectomy because there is less pain and blood loss than with traditional prostate removal. Robot-assisted procedures have fewer complications than manual surgery, but such operations are also more expensive. In the US and UK, a Da Vinci prostatectomy costs about $30,000 or £20,000. Overseas, surgeons can perform this operation for much less.
In Mexico, Costa Rica, and Colombia, surgeons can perform a Da Vinci prostatectomy for about $9,000 or £6,000. Cancer specialists and general surgeons stay current with the latest research in laparoscopic surgery and prostate health. Many doctors study medicine in the US and UK, as well as attend international medical conferences. Hospitals are clean, modern, an equipped with the latest tools, imaging devices, and surgical robots. Most doctors and nurses speak English, so patients can communicate their needs and concerns. Before a surgeon performs a Da Vinci prostatectomy, he or she will thoroughly examine the patient and run tests to determine the extent of the cancer. Da Vinci surgery entails very little blood loss, and patients can return home after one night in the hospital. After surgery, doctors will be on hand to perform follow-up tests.
In Hungary, the cost of Da Vinci prostatectomy is only $7,000 or £4,500. Hungarian surgeons have access to the latest robot equipment for laparoscopic surgery, and doctors are extremely skillful and experienced.