Prostate surgery recovery time is substantially improved in comparison to open prostatectomy. As mentioned earlier, the much larger incision required in open surgery means pain is greater and recovery takes longer. Dr. Rahman’s prostate surgery takes just 1.5-2 hours and almost all of his patients return home the day after having a robotic prostatectomy. Around 80% of open prostatectomy patients leave the hospital within the first week.
Eradicating prostate cancer is the true measure of prostate surgery success, be it open, laparoscopic or robotic. Nowhere is the evolutionary progression more pronounced than with this marker. The positive surgical margin is the measurement used to determine whether any cancer remains or is likely to recur. A physician always seeks low positive margins.