Surgery is recommended for many conditions that affect the male reproductive organs and urinary tract of men and women, when medication and other non-surgical treatments are unavailable or cannot relieve symptoms. These conditions include prostate cancer, ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction, bladder and kidney cancer and vesicoureteral reflux.
Fortunately, less invasive surgical options are available to many people facing urologic surgery. The most common is laparoscopy, which uses small incisions. Laparoscopy can be very effective for many routine procedures, but due to the surgical instruments involved, it is typically not used for more complex urologic surgeries.
The da Vinci® Surgical System is being used by many surgeons worldwide for prostatectomy and other urologic procedures. It is a minimally invasive approach, using the latest in surgical and robotics technologies and is ideal for both complex and delicate urologic surgeries. This includes prostatectomy, where the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.
da Vinci Surgery offers patients facing urologic surgery many potential benefits over traditional open surgery, including:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Fewer complications
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster return to normal daily activities