Robotic Urologic Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery options for prostate, kidney and bladder conditions

Scripps Minimally Invasive Robotic Urologic Surgery Program brings together the expertise of our urologic surgery specialists with the most innovative surgical robots available. Our specialized surgical team offers the following advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures for diseases and conditions affecting the urological system:

  • Cystectomy
    Robotic-assisted cystectomy is the surgical removal of all (radical cystectomy) or part (partial cystectomy) of the bladder.
  • Lymph node dissection
    Lymph nodes are small masses of tissue that filter foreign substances from the blood and produce white blood cells to fight infections. If cancer is suspected, the lymph nodes from the suspected area might need to be removed and examined by robotic-assisted lymph node dissection.
  • Pelvic tumor resection
    Pelvic tumors can be located on an organ or other tissue in the pelvic region, and can be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). In some cases, even benign tumors might need to be surgically removed in robotic-assisted pelvic tumor resection.
  • Robotic prostatectomy (robotic surgery for prostate cancer)
    Robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy is a surgical procedure to remove a cancerous prostate gland.
  • Pyeloplasty
    Robotic-assisted pyeloplasty surgery removes a blockage in the ureter, which is the muscular tube that drains urine from the kidney to the bladder.

Potential benefits and risks of robotic surgery

Minimally invasive robotic surgery could potentially result in a faster recovery, less blood loss, reduced pain and a shorter hospital stay. However, as with any major surgery, there is a recovery period of several days or more, as well as risks of bleeding, infection and other complications. Robotic surgery may not be appropriate for all patients. Talk to your surgeon about your treatment options and the risks and benefits of each.

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