Health conditions of the urinary and reproductive systems can sometimes require urology surgery. If other treatments have been tried without success, your doctor may suggest surgery as the next step. Traditional surgery can often help, but can’t be performed without a certain amount of risk involved. Performing surgery using the da Vinci® Xi Surgical System instead can mean a treatment that works just as much, but doesn’t have as many complications.
Please contact your doctor to learn more about robotic surgery and find out if you may be a candidate for surgery using the da Vinci® Xi Surgical System. Our doctors perform robotic surgery for people in Austin and throughout Central Texas.
The Robotic Touch
Surgery may be needed to treat serious concerns like removing cancer. Going through with this treatment is an important part of your health, but many people feel anxiety about having surgery. Instead of open surgery, you may be a candidate for robotic surgery instead.
During robotic surgery, your surgeon uses the cameras of the da Vinci® Xi Surgical System to view the procedure using 3D imaging. Next, he or she runs the motion control system to conduct the surgical steps. Robotic surgery is more exact, smaller incisions are needed and there isn’t as much damage to tissues near the surgical area. Plus, more precision means better overall results for your health and a faster recovery.
Benefits of Robotic Treatments
There are many reasons why your surgeon may suggest that you think about robotic surgery:
- It’s easier to remove cancer cells.
- You won’t lose as much blood during surgery.
- Sexual ability comes back more quickly.
- Risks like incontinence (accidental urination you can’t control) are reduced.
- You may not need as much pain medication.
- There are fewer complications.
- Smaller incisions are used, so scarring is more minimal.
Common Robotic Surgery Options
Many of the surgeries that are often performed as part of urinary and reproductive health can be improved with robotic technology:
- Prostatectomy: Removing all or part of your prostate, either due to enlargement or cancer.
- Pyeloplasty: Surgery to remove blockage in the part of the urinary tract that’s close to the kidney.
- Cystectomy: Removing of all or part of your bladder, usually due to cancer. Sometimes a new bladder is built afterwards.
- Partial Nephrectomy: Removing only part of a diseased kidney, known as a “kidney-sparing” procedure.
- Pediatric Urology: Treating any of these same issues in children.
Prostatectomy in Detail
Robotic surgery for prostate cancer is a minimally invasive way to remove the prostate following an early diagnosis of prostate cancer.
Prostatectomy is performed with the assistance of the the da Vinci® Xi Surgical System, which allows surgeons to operate with precision and control using only a few small incisions. Benefits can include:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Fewer complications
- Less scarring
- A shorter hospital stay
- A faster return to normal daily activities
Nephrectomy in Detail
Because kidney cancer is relatively resistant to non-invasive treatments like radiation and chemotherapy, the standard treatment for localized kidney cancer is a surgery called nephrectomy. This surgery is traditionally performed using an open approach through a large abdominal incision or using conventional laparoscopy, which is less invasive but limits the doctor’s precision, visualization and control. Robotic surgery combines the advantages of minimally invasive procedures with the best techniques of open surgery.
The da Vinci difference for nephrectomy
The enhanced vision and control of the da Vinci® Xi Surgical System helps surgeons provide a precise treatment for kidney cancer.
Is Robotic Urology Surgery Right for Me?
If cancer is already present, the cancer symptoms and needed treatment can weaken your body. Without being in good health otherwise, traditional surgery may be too risky. Because the da Vinci® Xi Surgical System is less invasive, robotic surgery can be used for those people who might not be good candidates for open surgery. The smaller incisions and reduced healing times are also good reasons to think about robotic surgery.
If you think that the da Vinci® Xi Surgical System sounds like it could be right for you, be sure to check with your surgeon. There are many common surgeries that can be performed using robotic surgery instead.