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:
Not all patients are candidates for robotic surgery, but it is a great option for many individuals. For more information on urologic robotic surgery go to:
To see if robotic surgery may be able to help you, please call 1-888-329-7700 for an appointment.