The UC Davis Department of Urology, which first offered robotic prostatectomy in 2004, now has three specialists trained to perform the minimally invasive prostate cancer operation. Robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy is performed via several small abdominal incisions, each about the size of a dime. Miniature robotic arms and a robotic laparoscope — essentially a tiny telescope — are introduced through the incisions. The surgeon operates the tools from a nearby console. Because the procedure involves smaller incisions, patients may be able to return to their normal activities more quickly than with standard prostatectomy. However, the procedure is not appropriate for all prostate cancer patients and men who are interested in robotic surgery should discuss the pros and cons with their urologists. Men should also choose a center with extensive experience in the new technology.