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Robotic-Assisted Urologic Surgery

Robotic-assisted surgery has found some of its most successful application in surgery for the urologic system.   At advanced centers with the robotic capability, urologic surgeons now conduct a significant portion of their surgery with the new system, due to its advantages over conventional laparoscopic surgery.

Robotic surgery proves particularly valuable in the tight and delicate confines of the urologic tract.

For its many benefits, urologic surgeons use the robotic tool to perform surgery on the:

A large portion of this surgical work involves cancer or cancer-related cases.    Patients who undergo robotic-assisted prostatectomies, for example, report a better surgical experience than those who undergo standard laparoscopic surgery for the same purpose.  Use of this sophisticated system even further reduces the unlikely chance of compromising erectile function and continence in urologic surgery.   In addition, the system also permits the team to perform minimally invasive surgery on patients who have had previous surgery on their prostate or bladder–a situation previously considered to be very challenging surgically.

In urologic laparoscopic surgery, the use of the robotic system has begun to dominate over conventional laparoscopy.   At the same time, though, the team continues to use conventional surgical approaches for some patients.   For example, removal of an entire kidney requires little or no reconstruction, and thus lends itself well to traditional laparoscopy.

The da Vinci ® STM Robotic Surgical System is the most advanced minimally invasive tool for the surgical treatment of prostate cancer as well as other select urologic conditions.   In addition to the surgery’s other advantages, patients have a better chance of retaining bladder control and sexual function than with previous surgical techniques.

Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes is among the most experienced centers in New Jersey in robotic-assisted urologic surgery.

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