Robotic Urologic and Kidney Procedures

The urinary system – consisting of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra – helps remove excess liquid and wastes from the blood in the form of urine. When any part of the urinary system is not functioning as it should, it can be due to one of several conditions, such as bladder cancer, kidney cancer, kidney disorders or prostate cancer. Some procedures used to aid with these conditions include:

  • Simple Prostatectomy: may be done to relieve urinary symptoms from a non-cancerous condition such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). BPH is a non-cancerous growth of the prostate.

  • Radical Prostatectomy: used for the treatment of prostate cancer. This surgery removes the cancerous prostate and some of the surrounding tissue while preserving important nerves and blood vessels. In fact, robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery prostatectomy is considered the #1 choice for the treatment of localized prostate cancer ion the United States.

  • Radical and Partial Nephrectomy: used for kidney conditions such as blockage of the ureters or kidney cancer. The removal of the entire kidney is called a radical nephrectomy. Depending on your disease state and tumor location, you may not have to lose your entire kidney to surgery. An emerging surgical technique, called partial nephrectomy, aims to remove only the diseased part of your kidney and spare the healthy, functioning kidney tissue.

  • Nephroureterectomy: is used to treat certain types of cancer. The surgery involves removal of the kidney and ureter (the tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder).

  • Radical and Partial Cystectomy: used for the treatment of bladder cancer. A cystectomy is the removal of all or part of the bladder and possibly the removal of nearby lymph nodes and organs that may contain cancer. If the bladder is removed, the surgeon creates a new way or path for urine to be stored and to leave the body.

  • Pyelolithotomy: used for the removal of kidney stones. This surgery involves removal of the calcification through the renal pelvis.

  • Pyeloplasty: used to repair the kidney and for the treatment of urinary obstruction. This surgery removes the blockage in the urinary system. Your doctor will reattach the healthy part of the kidney to the healthy part of the ureter – the narrow tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder.

  • Ureterolithotomy: is performed when a kidney stone – a calcification – lodges in a patient's ureter. The blockage does not allow the stone to pass and it must be removed surgically.

  • Cholecystectomy: is the surgical removal of the gallbladder.