Robotic surgery is performed using the da Vinci Surgical System, a technologically advanced system that utilizes robotic instruments introduced via tiny incisions or laparoscopic ports. These instruments are under the direct control of the surgeon and are incredibly precise, offering more control and range of motion than standard instruments. Additionally, the specialized telescope of the robot allows the surgeon to see the operative field under 12X magnification and in three dimensions – as opposed to the standard two dimensional view (like television) that standard laparoscopy offers – providing greater visual detail than ever before possible. Robotic surgery is used most often for prostate cancer, however it is also used at times for kidney cancer, repairing kidney obstruction, and in pelvic organ prolapse surgery.
What is a Robotic Prostatectomy?
Robotic prostatectomy or robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy is the complete surgical removal of the prostate gland and seminal vesicles. The procedure is performed laparoscopically using the da Vinci Surgical System. The da Vinci Robotic Prostatectomy Surgical System provides the surgeon with better vision and better ‘hands’ through the use of advanced optics and computer and robotic technology.
da Vinci Robotic Surgery and the Kidney
da Vinci Robotic Surgery for Kidney Conditions
Some patients who need kidney surgery may be candidates for robotic surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System. This system helps your doctor perform a more precise operation. It offers several potential benefits over conventional open surgery, including:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Fewer transfusions
- Less risk of infection
- Less scarring
- Shorter hospital stay
- Shorter recovery time
- Increased potential for kidney preservation in certain prescribed cancer operations
- Better clinical outcomes, in many cases
The precision and dexterity of the da Vinci Surgical System allows for a minimally invasive approach to treating kidney disorders and kidney cancer. As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed since surgery is specific to each patient and procedure.