Robotic surgery can be a less invasive and more effective option for the treatment of a broad range
of conditions that affect the male reproductive organs and the organs of the urinary tract. The robotic approach is ideal for delicate urologic surgery allowing your surgeon to operate with greater precision and control.
Urological conditions that can be treated with robotic surgery:
- Prostate cancer
- Ureteropelvic Junction (UPJ) Obstruction
- Bladder and kidney cancer
- Female Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Potential Benefits of Robotic Urological Surgery:
- Less scarring
- Less pain
- Low blood loss
- Fast recovery
- Short hospital stay
- High patient satisfaction
Roper St. Francis Cancer Care was the first hospital in the Lowcountry to provide robotic prostate surgery, resulting in better outcomes with fewer side effects. In fact, studies suggest that a robotic prostatectomy offers the most effective treatment with the smallest risk for sexual dysfunction or incontinence.
During a prostatectomy, the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves that affect urinary control and sexual function. Using the robotic system, your surgeon has a better tool to spare these delicate nerves.
Ureteropelvic Junction (UPJ) Obstruction
Obstruction of a ureter (the tube that carries the urine from the kidney down to the bladder) can occur for many reasons, blocking the flow of urine. This is usually present at birth but may not be diagnosed until later in life. It can be repaired by a surgery called a Pyeloplasty. Prior to the robotic approach, most pyeloplasties were performed via large, painful incisions. Robotic-assisted laparoscopic pyeloplasty allows repair of this blockage through tiny incisions, greatly reducing pain, hospital stay and recovery time.
Robotic kidney surgery allows the surgeon to remove the majority of malignant kidney tumors without removing the entire kidney. In most cases, the tumor is extracted through a very small incision, resulting in minimal pain and a rapid recovery. By sparing the healthy portion of the affected kidney, the patient retains maximal kidney function, and avoids the increased future risk of requiring dialysis associated with removal of an entire kidney.
Female Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Some women experience an uncomfortable bulge in the vagina caused by prolapse of pelvic organs such as the bladder, rectum or small intestine. A variety of robotic surgeries can be done to repair pelvic organ prolapse. The benefits of robotic surgery over open surgery for pelvic organ prolapse include less pain, less blood loss, less scarring and quicker recovery.