UROLOGY

 

da Vinci® Prostatectomy

Prostate cancer surgery is called a prostatectomy. It can be done using open surgery through one large incision. It can also be done using minimally invasive surgery – through a few small incisions – with traditional laparoscopy or da Vinci® Surgery.

Risks & Considerations Related to Radical Prostatectomy (removal of prostate gland and some surrounding tissue): leaking of urine, urgent need to urinate, cannot get or keep an erection, rectal or bowel injury, narrowing of the urethra, pooling of lymph fluid in the pelvic area or legs.

da Vinci® Cystectomy (Bladder Cancer)

Bladder cancer surgery is known as a cystectomy. It can be done using open surgery through one large incision. It can also be done using minimally invasive surgery – through a few small incisions – with traditional laparoscopy or da Vinci® Surgery.

Risks & Considerations Related to Cystectomy (removal of all/part of the bladder): leaking of urine, injury to the rectum, scar tissue that causes narrowing between two connected structures, fistula (abnormal bond of an organ, intestine or vessel to another part of the body), leaking of urine, urgent need to urinate, cannot get or keep an erection, abnormal pooling of lymph fluid.

da Vinci® Pyeloplasty 
(Urinary Reconstruction Surgery)

An urinary obstruction (something that stops the flow of urine) surgery is called a pyeloplasty. Doctors remove the blockage and reattach the healthy part of the kidney to the healthy part of the ureter (tube that carries urine from the kidneys to the bladder).

Surgery can be done using open surgery through one large incision. It can also be done using minimally invasive surgery – through a few small incisions – with traditional laparoscopy or da Vinci Surgery.

Risks & Considerations Related to Pyeloplasty (surgery for a urinary blockage): infection of the kidney, leaking of urine, narrowing of the urethra, bowel injury, kidney stones, narrowing or movement of the stent, blood in the urine, prolonged leaking of urine.

da Vinci® Partial Nephrectomy
(Kidney-Sparing Surgery)

In case of a kidney disease or kidney cancer, surgery can be done using open (through one large incision) or using minimally invasive surgery (through a few small incisions) with traditional laparoscopy or da Vinci Surgery.

Depending on the condition and location of the tumor, the entire kidney might not be lost during surgery. This surgical method is called partial nephrectomy or kidney-sparing surgery. The goal is to remove only the diseased part of your kidney and keep the healthy part in place.

Studies show patients who have kidney-sparing surgery are less likely to suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD) or need dialysis compared to those who lose their entire kidney.

Risks & Considerations Related to Nephrectomy (kidney removal): poor kidney function often due to limited blood flow, leaking of urine, cut or tear in the spleen, pancreas or liver, bowel injury, trapped air between the chest wall and lung, injury to diaphragm (muscle separating the chest from the abdomen), urinary fistula (abnormal bond of an organ, intestine or vessel to another part of the body), abnormal pooling of urine, limited or cut off blood supply to kidney, abnormal pooling of lymph fluid.