I'm a 53 year old male that was diagnosed as having aggressive prostate cancer in March 2004. Among the many different choices of treatment and hours of research, I decided to have the fairly new robotic type of surgery at Henry Ford in Detroit in May of 2004. The surgery consisted of making 5 slits less than a 1/2 " each along the lower abdomen. The surgeon sits a distance away from the operating table and controls robotic arms with tools and a camera that enters the open incisions while at the same time watching a magnified screen of the prostate.
This procedure is much less invasive which leads to quicker healing time and a shorter time in the hospital. Some go home the same day of the surgery. In my case they were much better to pinpoint the cancer cells that were outside of the prostate while still having normal body functions. I highly recommend this type of procedure when it comes to prostate cancer. I was also back in the gym squatting 6 weeks after surgery.
I hope I can answer any questions you might have about this procedure.