At New Jersey Urology (NJU), our specialists are at the forefront of advanced treatment techniques. In doing so, we continue our commitment to providing the best possible care for patients, especially those who may require robotic surgery to effectively treat their urologic condition.
What is Robotic Urologic Surgery?
Surgery is often used to treat a variety of conditions affecting the organs of the urinary tract and male reproductive system. Given the sensitive nature of this area, many men are apprehensive about undergoing major surgery to treat their condition. Traditional urologic surgery requires large incisions to access the pelvic organs and can cause severe pain and long recovery times. There may also be long-term effects on continence and sexual function.
Robotic urologic surgery can help ease these concerns by providing a safer, less invasive alternative to traditional surgery. Robotic surgery can be used to treat prostate cancer, kidney cancer, bladder cancer and several other kidney disorders.
Some of the urologic procedures that can be performed through robotic-assisted techniques include:
Prostatectomy – A prostatectomy is the surgical removal of the prostate gland, commonly used to treat prostate cancer. A traditional open prostatectomy can include an incision up to ten inches long and a high risk of incontinence and erectile dysfunction while laparoscopic techniques offer less accuracy and rigid movement.
Cystectomy – A cystectomy is the removal of part or all of the bladder and may be performed to treat bladder cancer. NJ Urology is one of the very few urology groups that also employs the novel intracorporeal techniques which require experience and advanced surgical skills.
Kidney surgery – Kidney surgery may be used to remove cancerous tumors or correct obstructions. Open or laparoscopic techniques for this procedure require a large incision or result in limited movement and dexterity for the doctor.
Robotic-assisted surgery can be performed with the da Vinci Surgical System, a state-of-the-art console that provides the advantages of minimally invasive techniques along with more precise procedures. The da Vinci system allows surgeons to perform complex procedures through robotic arms that mimic the movement of their own. These arms are inserted into the body through tiny incisions and then guided to the area to be treated. The surgeon can view the area through a lens in the console that offers a three-dimensional, magnified view, allowing for more precise procedures.
The da Vinci System offers patients:
- Smaller incisions
- Less pain
- Less scarring
- Less blood loss
- Lower risk of infection
- Shorter recovery time
Although robotic surgery offers many advantages over open and laparoscopic techniques, this method is not for everybody. It is important to discuss your treatment options with an experienced doctor and assess your overall health condition to find out if you can benefit from robotic urologic surgery.
VIDEO SERIES | ROBOTIC SURGERY
New Jersey Urology physicians are the leaders in urologic robotic surgery, and offer minimally-invasive surgical procedures including: cystectomy, partial nephrectomy, pyeloplasty, prostatectomy, and sacrocolpopexy.
In this educational video, Dr. Michael Cohen provides a brief overview of the benefits of robotic surgery in urology.
In some cases, open (through one large incision) surgery may be necessary. To learn more about our surgical techniques and options for effective treatment for your condition, contact NJU today.