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Urologic Cancers

Advances in robotics have drastically improved urology in recent years, particularly when it comes to removing cancer of the kidneys, bladder, and prostate. Ogden Clinic urologists can perform even complex cancer surgery with minimally-invasive da Vinci® robotics. Compared to an open surgery, robotic surgery has emerged as a preferred method because the robotic arm and wrist gives Ogden Clinic surgeons multiple degrees of freedom that allow precise suturing and minimal damage to the surrounding tissue.

Partial and Full Nephrectomies

Patients with renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer), polycystic kidney disease, or serious kidney infection may require a nephrectomy: the surgical removal of all or part of the kidney. Robotic-assisted nephrectomies are dynamic because they allow Ogden Clinic urologists to operate with acute precision and less manipulation of the surrounding tissue.


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 Ogden Clinic 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.


An adrenalectomy is the removal of one or both of the adrenal glands, generally when tumors are present. Particular care must be taken during an adrenalectomy due to the gland’s close proximity to major arteries and organs. Isolating the adrenal glands is much more precise with robotic surgery. Patients generally experience less blood loss, less post-operative scarring, and quicker recovery.

Cystectomy and Bladder Reconstruction

Superficial bladder cancer can be treated by removing the cancerous part of the bladder robotically. If the bladder cancer has become invasive, Ogden Clinic urologists can also perform cystectomy: a full removal of the bladder. The robotic-assisted approach to these surgeries gives your urologist enhanced precision and reduces the risk of damaging nearby muscles and nerves. If a cystectomy was performed, your Ogden Clinic urologist will create a new way to pass urine through the body, often by reconstructing a new bladder out of sections of the small intestine.

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