roboticsurgeryRobotic surgery has become an effective option for modern urologic surgical procedures for many diseases. Sometimes medication or other treatments cannot relieve symptoms and surgery may be the best course of action for many conditions such as prostate cancer, and ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction, bladder, and kidney cancers.

In today’s advanced medical environment minimally invasive options are available to many people facing surgery. Laparoscopy, which uses very small incisions, is by far the most common and can be effective for routine procedures.

A pioneer of robotic medical instruments is a company called Intuitive Medical, makers of the da Vinci® Surgical System. According to the company’s website, this system “is being used by many surgeons worldwide for prostatectomy and other urologic procedures.
It is a minimally invasive approach, using the latest in surgical and robotics technologies and is ideal for both complex and delicate urologic surgeries. This includes prostatectomy, where the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.” Robotic procedures, including the da Vinci system, have many proven benefits over traditional open surgery such as less pain, reduced blood loss, fewer complications, and faster recovery time.
The procedure itself is accomplished by robotic appendages controlled by the surgeon located at a control terminal. The terminal features three dimensional imaging and visualization to enable the surgeon to virtually operate with smaller incisions. Robotic surgery is used for delicate surgeries such as those involved with male and female urologic conditions. These very specific types of procedures lend themselves well to small incisions. The robotic instruments allow the surgeon to perform the procedure with an unprecedented degree of precision. The robotic arms are specifically designed to work seamlessly with microscopic surgical movements. Many systems use what is known as a feedback system to give the surgeon a realistic “feel” for operative procedures.

Many patients, at first, feel apprehensive about a procedure that utilizes robotics. However, when they realize that these 21st century techniques can increase recovery time and reduce trauma to the body, they eventually see that the derived benefits far outweigh their initial concerns.