Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, affecting over 191,930 men, with an estimated 34,500 deaths for 2022 in the United States (NIH, 2022). As men age, the risk for prostate cancer increases; about 34% of all men diagnosed with prostate cancer are above the age of 50, and a staggering 70% are over the age of 80. Robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to treat clinically localized prostate cancer. In some cases, hydrodissection is used in nerve-sparing surgeries, protecting the neurovascular bundle and ensuring a higher chance of potency for patients. RARP was first introduced in 2000, and in 2009, 70% of radical prostatectomies have been performed with robotic assistance (Elsayed et al., 2021). When compared to open surgery, RARP has shown to have a lower risk of complications, decrease operative times, and improve patient outcomes. The goal of this project was to provide patients with access to education regarding a complex surgical procedure through the creation of clear, accurate, and aesthetically pleasing visuals within a 2D animation. After viewing this animation, patients will be taught the steps involved in the procedure, and to identify urogenital anatomy. Lastly, this project aimed to reduce patient anxiety surrounding the surgery, resulting in higher lay health literacy, and to instill trust in their healthcare providers.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Prostatectomy--Interactive multimedia--Design; Computer animation--Technique

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Degree Name

Medical Illustration(MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

Medical Illustration (CHST)


James Perkins

Advisor/Committee Member

Craig Foster

Advisor/Committee Member

Kurshid A. Guru


RIT – Main Campus

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