Robotic Surgery Program

Urologic Surgery

Facing any kind of urologic surgery creates a great deal of anxiety for most men. Among their 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. Yet common drawbacks to this procedure include significant post-surgical pain, a lengthy recovery, as well as an unpredictable, potentially long-term impact on continence and sexual function.

Fortunately, minimally invasive robotic surgery is ideal for delicate urologic procedures, and Seton Austin has specialists who are certified to perform such surgeries utilizing the da Vinci Surgical System.


For men diagnosed with prostate cancer, treatment options such as radiotherapy and cryotherapy may radiate, burn or freeze the prostate. However, surgery is the only treatment that actually removes the cancerous gland. Traditional open prostatectomy requires an 8 to 10-inch incision and commonly results in substantial blood loss and a lengthy, uncomfortable recovery. However, da Vincisurgery offers patients a highly effective and minimally invasive option.

The da Vinci difference for prostatectomy

The da Vinci Surgical System is ideal for delicate urologic procedures such as prostatectomy, in which the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.

Nephrectomy (Kidney Cancer)

According to the American Cancer Society, 54,000 Americans are diagnosed with kidney cancer each year. Overall, kidney cancer is slightly more common in men and is usually diagnosed between the ages of 50 and 70 years. Since kidney cancer is relatively resistant to non-invasive treatments like radiation and chemotherapy, the gold standard treatment for localized kidney cancer is surgery.

Kidney surgery is traditionally performed using an open approach, which requires a large abdominal incision, or through conventional laparoscopy which is less invasive but limits the doctor’s precision, visualization and control. da Vincisurgery for kidney cancer combines the advantages of minimally invasive procedures with the best techniques of open surgery and applies them to a robotic-assisted approach.

The da Vinci difference for nephrectomy

The enhanced vision and control of the da Vinci Si System helps surgeons provide a precise treatment for kidney cancer, which may also increase the chances of preserving the patient’s kidney by removing just the tumor rather than the entire organ – therefore helping to prevent future kidney disease and even dialysis.

Cystectomy and Pyeloplasty

The da Vinci surgical system can be applied to the treatment of other urologic conditions, in men and women, such as cystectomy for the removal of all or part of the urinary bladder, gallbladder or cysts, and pyeloplasty for reconstruction or revision of the renal pelvis.

More da Vinci applications

Seton Austin also has specialists certified to apply the da Vinci System to certain cardiothoracic, general, and gynecologic surgical procedures.

While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci® System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.