Robotic Surgery

Since the introduction of laparoscopic gall bladder surgery twenty years ago, open surgical approaches have progressively been replaced by minimally-invasive techniques. In the field of Urology, Laparoscopic Nephrectomy (removal of the kidney) gradually became the standard of care for Kidney Cancer. The inherent technical limitations of standard laparoscopic instrumentation inhibited the application of Laparoscopic surgery for most other Urologic surgeries.

Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic surgery represents a major advancement in minimally-invasive techniques in the field of Urology. Robotic surgery in PA enables the surgeon to offer the patient the benefits of Laparoscopic surgery while simultaneously eliminating many of its disadvantages. Currently, one company, Intuitive Surgical, manufactures and services a robotic surgical system, the da Vinci.

Minimally Invasive Surgery in PA

The da Vinci robotic surgery system allows the surgeon wristed movement of the instruments – this freedom of movement parallels open surgical maneuvers which are critical for precise dissection and optimal reconstruction. Additionally, the surgeon’s vision is dramatically enhanced: the surgical field is viewed at ten-fold magnification, in high-definition, and in 3-D. The vast improvement in visualization permits meticulous delineation between diseased areas from healthy tissues.

For the patient, advantages of these surgical procedures include less pain, diminished blood loss, shorter hospital stay, lower infection rates, minimized scarring and faster return to normal activity levels.

The surgeons of Central Bucks Urology have enthusiastically embraced Robotic Surgery in PA. They have performed hundreds of procedures including nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy, radical nephrectomy, partial nephrectomy, nephroureterectomy, pyeloplasty, retroperitoneal lymphadenectomy, seminal vesiculotomies, bladder neck reconstruction, partial proctectomy, pelvic lymphadenectomy, ureterectomy, ureteral reimplantation, radical cystectomy and radical cystoprostatectomy.

For more information on the da Vinci Robotic Surgery System, go to the website: www.davincisurgery.com/urology.

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