da Vinci Prostatectomy Chosen Most for Prostate Cancer Treatment

More U.S. men choose da Vinci Surgery than any other treatment for prostate cancer, and more and more men worldwide facing prostate cancer are choosing da Vinci Surgery.

Thanks to breakthrough surgical technology, Dr. Gaertner and Dr. Knoedler can offer a minimally invasive treatment for prostate cancer – da Vinci Prostatectomy. Studies show that, compared to open surgery, experienced da Vinci surgeons achieve better cancer control – lower positive margin rates. Positive margin rates are a measure of cancer cells left behind – lower is better.


Recent studies show more patients have full return of urinary continence within 6 months as compared to patients having open surgery

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Lower risk of complications
  • Lower risk of wound infection
  • Fewer days with catheter
  • Less pain
  • Faster recovery and return to normal activities

To learn more, check out our section on [da Vinci Prostatectomy].

da Vinci® Offers Minimally Invasive Option for Bladder Cancer Treatment

Cystectomy is traditionally performed using an open approach, which requires a large abdominal incision. Another approach, conventional laparoscopy, is less invasive, but limits the doctor’s dexterity, visualization and control, compared to open surgery.

If your doctor recommends surgery to treat bladder cancer, you may be a candidate for a breakthrough, minimally invasive approach – da Vinci® Surgery. da Vinci Surgery uses state-of-the-art technology to help your doctor perform a more precise operation than conventional instrumentation allows.


da Vinci Cystectomy incorporates the best techniques of open surgery – including comprehensive cancer control – and applies them to a robotic-assisted, minimally invasive approach. da Vinci Cystectomy offers patients several potential benefits over open surgery, including:

  • Less risk of death
  • Less blood loss
  • Lower risk of major complications
  • Less narcotic pain medicine needed
  • Less use of IV feeding tube
  • Quicker recovery of bowel function
  • Shorter hospital stay

To learn more, check out our section on [da Vinci Cystectomy].

Dr. Gaertner Brings Robotic Surgery Experience to the Twin cities


The first private practice robotic prostatectomy in the upper midwest was preformed by Dr Gaertner and his partner Dr. Knoedler in 2004. Since then, they have dedicated the past 8 years developing and perfecting advanced techniques in robotic surgery.


Dr. Gaertner has been a partner with Metro Urology since 1996. He serves on the Board of Directors and is active in Metro Urology’s Cancer Center. Dr. Gaertner sees patients in Maplewood and Woodbury, Minnesota and River Falls, Wisconsin.


To learn more about Dr. Gaertner [Click Here].

Da Vinci ® Robotic Surgery Creates Better Cancer Control

Da Vinci Surgery has become the most popular choice by men for treating prostate cancer in the U.S. The enhanced dexterity, vision, and control of the robotic surgery has led to better cancer control leaving less cancer cells behind.


There are numerous benefits of the da Vinci Surgery when compared to conventional surgery including:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less blood loss
  • Lower risk of complications
  • Lower risk of wound infection
  • Fewer days with catheter
  • Less pain
  • Faster recovery and return to normal activities

For more information [Read More] and check out the online Brochure.

John Soucheray completed a Triathlon 8 weeks after surgery

Dr. John SoucherayDr. John Souchery was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Himself an experienced urologist, he was well aware of the treatment options and outcomes for the treatment of prostate cancer. As a husband, and a grandfather and an active career as well as an active lifestyle, Souchery could not afford a long treatment process.

The choice was simple: surgical removal. Minimally invasive robotic surgery was the clear method of choice.

Through the expertise of Drs. Knoedler and Gaertner, the cancerous prostate was removed using the da Vinci Surgical System allowing a much faster recovery. Only 8 weeks later, Souchery completed an olympic distance triathlon, recovered from surgery.

Read more about Souchery’s store here or share your own success story.