Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery
The past 20 years have seen dramatic advances in surgical techniques. Big
operations that required large incisions and a lengthy hospital stay have
been slowly replaced by minimally invasive approaches. These methods (laparoscopy
and robotics) use small incisions and fine instruments to remove or repair
organs while causing as little harm to surrounding tissue as possible.
As a result, patients tend to lose less blood, stay in the hospital for
less time, and return to work sooner with minimally invasive surgery compared
to the open approach.
Robotic surgery is the newest form of minimally invasive surgery. Surgeons
use a robot to control tiny instruments that are placed through small
incisions into the body. The surgeon benefits from superior 3-D visualization
and magnification, allowing more precise dissection and suturing. Operations
such as removal of the prostate or kidney, which previously risked high
rates of blood loss and postoperative pain can now be performed using
the robot. Although the long-term results of robotic surgery do not appear
to be better than open surgery, patients experience less pain and blood
loss, have smaller incisions, and can leave the hospital in 24-48 hours
after a major surgical procedure.
Our surgeons at Urology Associates are proficient at all types of minimally
invasive surgery, including robotic surgery. Our surgeons perform robotic
surgery for the following conditions:
Kidney or ureteral blockage (stricture)
Pelvic organ prolapse
Not all patients are candidates for robotic surgery, but it is a great
option for many individuals. For more information on urologic robotic
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To see if robotic surgery may be able to help you, please call 1-888-329-7700
for an appointment.