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When medication and other non-surgical treatments are either unavailable or cannot relieve symptoms, surgery is the accepted treatment for a broad range of conditions that affect the male reproductive organs and the organs of the urinary tract. These conditions include, but are not limited to, prostate cancer, ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction, bladder and kidney cancer, and vesicoureteral reflux.
Facing any kind of urologic surgery can create a great deal of anxiety. Among your concerns is: “Will my body function normally following surgery?” Traditional open urologic surgery, in which large incisions are made to access the pelvic organs, has been the standard approach when surgery is warranted.
Today, several less invasive surgical options are available to patients facing urologic surgery. The most common of these is laparoscopy, which uses small incisions.
One of the most advanced categories of surgery for prostatectomy and other urologic procedures is da Vinci robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery. This minimally invasive approach, utilizing the latest in surgical and robotics technologies, is ideal for delicate urologic surgery. This includes prostatectomy, in which the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.
The da Vinci system features a 3-D, high-definition vision system, special instruments, and computer software that allow your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity, and control. Potential benefits include improved cancer control, significantly less pain, less blood loss, fewer complications, less scarring, shorter hospital stay, and faster recovery and return to normal daily activities.