May 25, 2017
How is the prostate removed through a hole in robotic surgery?
The holes in robotic surgery are quite small (generally 5 cuts/ holes)
“a few small holes in the skin, each roughly the size of a dime. A small plastic tube known as a “port” is inserted in each hole to keep a channel open for laparoscopic Port Placement image tools to reach through.” [Source]
The prostate is a largish organ. How is it removed through these small holes?
It appears the removed prostate is put into a metallic mesh bucket at the end and sucked out by the machine through the hole. Presumably some cancer cells might get pushed off during this process?
The video below shows some portions of material being dumped into a “bucket” at 53 minutes 45 seconds or so.