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Robotic Prostatectomy


da Vinci® Prostatectomy is chosen by more men than any other treatment for prostate cancer and is being selected by more and more men worldwide. This minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgical procedure removes the cancerous prostate gland and related structures. da Vinci Prostatectomy offers patients many potential benefits over traditional open surgery in these three areas including:

Better Cancer Control

Studies show that, compared to open surgery, experienced da Vinci surgeons achieve better cancer control and lower positive margin rates. Positive margin rates are a measure of cancer cells left behind and lower is better.

Faster Return of Erectile Function

Studies show patients who are potent prior to surgery experience a faster return of erectile function than patients who have open surgery.

Better Chance for Return of Urinary Continence

Recent studies show more patients have full return of urinary continence within six months as compared to patients having open surgery.

Overall benefits of a da Vinci Prostatectomy include:

  • Faster recovery and shorter hospital stay
  • Fewer stitches and less scarring 
  • Lower risk of complications and infections
  • Less blood loss and the need for transfusions
  • Quicker recovery of normal activities 

The robotic-assisted surgery program is led by Ingolf A. Tuerk, MD, PhD, chief of Urology and director of the Robotic-assisted Surgery Program at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, an leader in laparoscopic and robotic urologic surgery.

Dr. Tuerk is an expert in the use of the da Vinci® Surgical System, and has performed 1,500 robot-assisted radical prostatectomies in the past two years.

What makes Dr. Tuerk special is that he is an oncologist (a specialist in treating cancer), and is laparoscopically trained, which is a unique combination and guarantees expertise all aspects of the treatment of urological cancer including prostate cancer. Dr. Tuerk is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in laparoscopic and robotic surgery and has pioneered many procedures. He was one of the first surgeons in the world to perform laparoscopic prostate cancer surgery starting in April 1999.


What is robotic prostatectomy?

Robotic prostatectomy, also known as robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy, is a method to perform minimally invasive prostate cancer surgery. This revolutionary and advanced prostate cancer surgery and prostate cancer treatment method profoundly reduces blood loss, pain, recovery time, and the familiar unwanted side effects of other treatments like incontinence and sexual dysfunction. For this reason, robotic assisted prostate cancer surgery is sometimes called bloodless prostate surgery.

An experienced robotic surgeon, such as Dr. Tuerk, is able to enter into the patient through few small "keyhole" entrances and handle the surgery with some very tiny and precise instruments that allow the doctor to manipulate tissue with great precision and remove the patient's prostate gland without doing any harm to surrounding tissue.

After having a robotic prostatectomy, the patient is left with only a few small marks on his abdomen and none of the scars normally associated with prostate cancer treatment and surgery. Patients are discharged from the hospital within 24 hours and can get back to work and other regular physical activities within seven to 10 days.

Ingolf Tuerk, MD, PhD, Boston, Mass. Robotic Prostatectomy Expert

Ingolf A. Tuerk, robotic prostatectomy

Ingolf A. Tuerk, MD, PhD, is chief of Urology and director of the Robotic-assisted Surgery Program at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center.  Dr. Tuerk is a world renowned expert in laparoscopic and robotic urologic surgery and has pioneered several laparoscopic techniques including radical prostatectomy, radical and partial nephrectomy, right side donor nephrectomy, pyeloplasty, and radical cystectomy with continent urinary diversion.

As director of Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery at Charite Hospital in Berlin (1997-2002) and a Lahey Clinic in Burlington (2003-2008), Dr. Tuerk established successful programs focused on using laparoscopy and robotics to treat cancers of the kidney, testis, bladder and prostate. Since November 2006, Dr. Tuerk has become an expert in the use of the da Vinci® Surgical System, recently acquired by St. Elizabeth’s, and has performed 1,500 robot-assisted radical prostatectomies in the past two years, the most performed by a single surgeon in New England during that time period.

Dr. Tuerk has been an invited speaker and lecturer at many national and international meetings and a visiting professor and guest surgeon performing laparoscopic and robotic radical prostatectomies, radical cystectomies and kidney procedures in the United States, Europe, South American, and Asia.  He has served as proctor and teacher for many surgeons around the world related to performing complex laparoscopic and robotic urologic procedures.

Why Choose Dr. Tuerk as your robotic surgeon?

The more procedures a physician performs, the better his results tend to be. The experience of Dr. Tuerk, and his team, allows them to individually design each case and more aptly address unforeseen complications. 

Our goal is to deliver the "TRIFECTA" and return the patient to a healthy and long life, free of cancer, which includes:

  • Allowing for oncological cure
  • Quickly regaining urinary continence
  • Sexual function

Dr Tuerk, and his team, offer patients:

  • Extensive experience
    • Dr. Tuerk has performed almost 1,500 prostatectomies since 2006. He typically performs three to four surgeries a day, four days a week. Dr. Tuerk’s significant experience and outstanding surgical techniques, technical innovations in the surgical approach to prostatectomy, help us increase the chances of achieving "TRIFECTA", in particular more than 94 percent of our patients with organ confined tumors were free of cancer.
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    “Extraperitoneal” approach
    • St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and its internationally-recognized surgeon Dr. Tuerk, offer a unique and new approach to Robotic Radical Prostatectomy. Dr. Tuerk developed this alternative technique and is the only surgeon who offers it in New England. While most robotic surgeons go through the abdominal cavity to approach the prostate, we at St. Elizabeth’s make our way to the prostate without entering the abdominal cavity.
  •  Reduced procedure time
    • Each surgery is unique to each patient. However, due to Dr. Tuerk’s extensive experience, he can perform the procedure in one to two hours with patients returning home the next day.

Contact Us

Robotic Prostatectomy Center at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
St. Elizabeth's Medical Office Building
11 Nevins Street
Suite 303
Brighton, MA 02135
Phone: 617-787-8181
Fax: 617-787-4644

  Dr. Ingolf Tuerk, robotic prostate surgeon


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