William S., age 73, didn’t think he had any prostate issues. He didn’t have problems urinating and he didn’t have any other symptoms. But his PSA score remained high for decades. It wasn’t until Dr. Dudley Atkinson, a urologist at Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge, suggested he undergo an ultrasound that he realized just how big his problem was.
“I was retaining ten times the amount of fluid than I should have been,” says William. “Even Dr. Atkinson was shocked. He said my bladder was so big and stretched out that I probably hadn’t fully emptied it in years.”
“As men age, the likelihood of developing an enlarged prostate increases,” says Dr. Atkinson. “More than 90 percent of men over age 80 experience this condition. As the gland grows, it can press on the urethra and cause the inability to urinate, urinary pain and incontinence.”
Rather than the typical surgical simple prostatectomy, Dr. Atkinson performs a robotic-assisted laparoscopic simple prostatectomy using the latest advancements in surgical technology to remove the inside of the prostate gland. The procedure involves making five small incisions in the lower abdomen where advanced optics provide 10-times magnified, three-dimensional images of the prostate and surrounding nerves and tissues, and robotic arms eliminate even the slightest human hand tremors.
Dr. Atkinson offers this less-invasive procedure because it results in smaller incisions, less blood loss, a shorter hospital stay and less post-operative pain.
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