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Robotics

Robotic Surgery

Robotic Surgery is essentially advanced laparoscopic surgery using a robot for improved dexterity of the surgeon utilizing 3-d enhanced optics which are magnified for more precise surgery. Currently, our Urologists are using Robotics to assist in radical prostatectomies and nephron sparing kidney cancer surgery, i.e. removing only the cancerous part of the kidney and preserving the rest of the kidney. Other uses of the robot include repairing obstructed ureters coming out of the kidney, draining the kidney, removing a large stone from the kidney and reimplanting ureters into the bladder. Ask your doctor if robotics are suitable for your surgery.

When medication and other non-surgical treatments are unavailable or cannot relieve symptoms, surgery is the recommended treatment for many conditions that affect the urinary tract and male reproductive organs. These conditions include, among other things, prostate cancer, ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction, and kidney cancer.

Facing urologic surgery can create a great deal of anxiety. Typically, a common concern is: “Will my body function normally after surgery?” Traditional open urologic surgery using large incisions to access the abdominal and pelvic organs has been the standard approach when surgery is needed. But there are several drawbacks to these procedures including: significant post-surgical pain, a long recovery, and large scars. 

Laparoscopic and Robotic surgical procedures are surgical procedures performed with the smallest amount of damage possible to the body. Your physician will make the minimum amount of incisions necessary to perform the procedure.  These incisions are usually very small, reducing risk of blood loss, infections and post-surgical complications.

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Robotic surgical procedures

People may be nervous when they hear about robotic surgery.  They want an experienced surgeon performing surgery, not a robot.  But robotic surgery is really robot-assisted surgery.  This groundbreaking alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.  The robot acts as an extension of the surgeon's hands and reacts to motions made by the surgeon.  There are no "automated" functions to the surgical robot.  The da Vinci ® Surgical System, is being used by an increasing number of 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 delicate urologic surgery. This includes prostatectomy, where the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function. Using da Vinci ®, your surgeon has a better tool to spare those delicate and critical surrounding nerves.

This may improve your recovery experience and clinical outcomes with such benefits as:
    •    Significantly less pain
    •    Less blood loss
    •    Fewer complications
    •    Less scarring
    •    A shorter hospital stay
    •    And a faster return to normal daily activities

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is unique to each patient and procedure. The da Vinci ® Surgical System is considered safe and effective, but may not be appropriate for everyone. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as the benefits and risks.

The urologists at Urology Specialists of West Florida are re-writing accepted standards for surgical care and changing the experience of surgery with laparoscopic surgery and da Vinci ® robotic surgery.  Additional information about robotic surgery can be found at www.davincisurgery.com, or ask your urologist at Urology Specialists of West Florida.

Laparoscopic procedures


Fortunately, less invasive surgical options are available to many people facing urologic surgery. The most common is laparoscopy, which uses small incisions. Laparoscopy can be very effective for many routine procedures, but limitations of this technology prevent its use for more complex urologic surgeries.   In these procedures, surgeons make several tiny incisions instead of one large one, inserting tiny surgical instruments and a miniature video camera to view the area. Urology Specialists of West Florida’s highly trained surgeons are leaders in using laparoscopic techniques.  Some procedures can be performed using standard laparoscopy or robot-assisted techniques, depending on the disease and the preference of the surgeon.

Source: Urology Specialists of West Florida and Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

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