A cooling mechanism is added to the robotic prostatectomy procedure to reduce the chance of inflammation-related injury during the surgery. The device cycles cold saline solution through a balloon inserted into the rectum prior to surgery. This lowers the metabolism of muscle tissue surrounding the prostate. Hypothermia prostatectomy results in a faster return to continence in most patients.
Symptoms: difficulty urinating, trouble stopping or starting urination, more frequent urges to urinate at night, decreased flow of urine