Effect Of Anesthesia In Surgery Of Prostate Cancer – Part 3 of 3
In the end, having undetailed anesthesia alone was linked to a nearly threefold higher risk of a cancer turning up in distant sites in the body over the next 15 years. Still, only 3 percent to 5 percent of the men had a cancer recurrence. And the peril is generally low with a skilled surgeon. He suggested that patients be more concerned about their surgeon’s experience than the type of anesthesia.
Studies have found that prostate cancer patients treated by more trained surgeons tend to have a lower risk of recurrence. They also have lower rates of lasting side effects, such as erectile dysfunction and incontinence. “It’s not the robot. It’s the ordeal of the surgeon”. To prove that regional anesthesia directly affects cancer patients’ prognosis, “controlled” studies are needed. That means randomly assigning some surgery patients to have general anesthesia only, while others get regional anesthesia as well. For now the arbitration about whether to use a spinal painkiller during surgery should be based on other factors, such as its potential to limit post-surgery pain.