It has been validated in many clinical research studies that patient outcomes are often directly related to the experience and skill of the surgeon. A survey of 72 prostate cancer surgeons demonstrated that the risk for cancer recurrence was reduced by 40% if the surgeon had performed more than 250 radical prostatectomies. It has also been demonstrated that experience is not the only factor in successful surgical outcome, as achieving good results are equally as important. When choosing a robotic surgeon it is important to ask about experience, and historical outcomes from previous surgeries. Dr. Leung is an expert robotic surgeon that trained when the modality was in its infancy. Through mid June 2012 he has performed over 950 laparoscopic and robotic surgeries with more than 850 of these being robotic laparoscopic radical prostatectomies.
Robotic prostatectomy carries the side effects of urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction. Dr. Leung has tracked his patient statistics very carefully to improve his techniques, thus affecting patient outcomes. The objective in having your prostate removed is to remove the prostate cancer from your body. The prostate, seminal vesicles, and pelvic lymph nodes are sent to pathology for analysis after surgery with the goal of having the cancer confined to the prostate or negative surgical margins. If cancer has spread outside of your prostate or positive surgical margins, then you may require adjuvant therapy after surgery such as radiation therapy and/or hormonal therapy. Dr. Leung has kept track of his patient outcomes for each robotic prostatectomy that he has done. Some of the most significant outcome statistics include:
- Successful removal of cancer with negative surgical margins in 95% of patients.
- 95% of patients are discharged from the hospital the day after surgery.
- Foley catheter was removed one week after surgery 98% of the time.
- 70% of patients return to their baseline erectile function two years after surgery.
- 95% of patients are without urinary leakage within one year of surgery.
Dr. Leung will discuss any additional concerns you have over patient outcomes during your consultation with him.