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Prostate Cancer Surgery

Prostate cancer care

NanoKnife, the newest addition to Touro's prostate cancer surgical technology and the only one of its kind in the New Orleans region, is a painless, 45-minute minimally invasive surgical technique available for suitable candidates in search of an alternative treatment to traditional prostate cancer surgery.

NanoKnife minimally invasive surgery for prostate cancer

Prostate cancer affects one in every eight men during their lifetime, making it the most prevalent form of cancer for males. For many, the standard of care means facing aggressive treatments that include radiation and the freezing or removal of the entire prostate, which often result in incontinence, sexual, and erectile dysfunction.

Touro now offers Nanoknife surgery, a painless and minimally invasive surgical technique which may offer an alternative to the punishing effects of prostate cancer. For prostate cancer patients who are found to be suitable candidates following an MRI or biopsy determining the size, shape, and location of the tumor, the NanoKnife surgery may be an alternative treatment for prostate cancer.

NanoKnife’s benefits

  • Maintain sexual function and urinary continence
  • Painless
  • Minimally Invasive 45-minute procedure
  • Quick and only requires one treatment

The NanoKnife’s precision minimizes the traditional side effects of prostate cancer treatment, enabling Touro’s surgeons to treat the cancerous part of the prostate without removing or damaging the whole gland. The short duration targeted electric pulses attack the tumor, but preserve the surrounding healthy cells and tissue with minimal side effects and “collateral damage” of the prostate’s important functions.

While cancer cells are destroyed, surrounding healthy tissue and nerves are unharmed, making it a good option for patients with intermediate-risk prostate cancer. This technique is designed to spare the nerves around the prostate related to erections and bladder control, potentially preserving urinary and erectile function. In some cases, infertility can occur.

45-minute surgical procedure

Performed under general anesthesia, the NanoKnife surgery uses ultrasound or MRI guidance, to place small electrodes into the tumor. A series of direct current electrical pulses pass between them to the exact area of the cancer cells. This current generates an electric field that causes defects in the cell membranes and facilitates cancer cell death.

NanoKnife prostate cancer recovery

After treatment, adjacent non-cancerous cells migrate in and replace the dead cancer cells which allow the organ to continue to function. Because it’s minimally invasive, it has a low complication rate and offers a shorter post-operative recovery and hospital stay. Follow-up general includes regular MRI, repeat biopsies and PSA tests.

The NanoKnife procedure is offered by Dr. Spencer Krane, Urologic Surgeon specializing in Urologic Oncology at Touro.

Is NanoKnife surgery an option for you? 504-897-7196.

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