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Non-Cancerous Urologic Surgery

Advances in robotics have drastically improved urology in recent years. Compared to an open surgery, robotic surgery has emerged as a preferred method. The robotic arm and wrist give Ogden Clinic surgeons multiple degrees of freedom that allow precise suturing and minimal damage to the surrounding tissue.

Below are a few urological surgeries that can be performed with minimally-invasive robotic technology:

Renal Cyst Removal

When a cyst enlarges to the point that it causes pain or obstruction, removal may be necessary. Robotic-assisted removal is an excellent option for patients with large, intrusive cysts. The surgeon has direct visualization during the whole process without the need for large incisions. During renal cyst removal, the patient is anesthetized and ports are inserted in the abdomen through small incisions. The surgeon uses instruments to expose the cyst, aspirate the fluid, and then cut out the cyst for evaluation.
Excellent outcomes have been reported with robotic renal cyst removal including less post-operative pain and shorter recovery time.

Robotic Prostatectomy

A robotic prostatectomy is a surgical approach to treating prostate cancer or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). The prostate gland (or part of it) is removed along with some of the tissue surrounding it. After removal, the surgeon stitches the urethra directly to the bladder to allow for urine flow.
A robotic prostatectomy has an edge on traditional methods because the robotic system enables smaller, careful incisions that promote quicker recovery. A robotic prostatectomy can also reduce blood loss and decrease tissue damage for Ogden and Bountiful patients.

Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF) Repairs

A vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) is an abnormal opening tract that extends between the bladder (vesico) and the vagina. Often caused by surgery or injury, VVF causes urine to discharge into the vagina involuntarily.
Advances in robotic surgery have had a tremendous impact on this procedure in Ogden. Robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery offers women smaller, less-invasive incisions and improved recovery compared to open surgery.

Robotic Surgery

One of the major advances in the field of urology is robotic-assisted surgery. First introduced in 2000, the da Vinci® Robotic Surgery system was designed to give Ogden Clinic surgeons better dexterity and unrestricted access to the internal organs.

For patients, the benefits of robotic surgery are many, including:

  • Less blood loss
  • Smaller, less visible scarring
  • Quicker recovery and less pain following surgery
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Decreased risk of infection

Ogden Clinic urologists are board-certified and specially trained to perform da Vinci® robotic surgery for prostate cancer, kidney cancer and other kidney disorders, bladder cancer, urinary blockage, and more.

How does robotic surgery differ from laparoscopic surgery?

Robotic surgery was designed to improve on conventional laparoscopy, where the surgeon uses hand-held, long-shafted instruments without wrists. Instead of looking at a screen up away from the instruments, the da Vinci® system enables the surgeon to operate from a seated console with eyes and hands positioned in-line with the instruments. The Ogden Clinic surgeon can control both the instruments and the camera from inside the console.

Robotic surgery has made it possible to perform even complex procedures in a minimally invasive way. The surgeon has better dexterity and precision, coupled with superior visualization.

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