Da Vinci Surgical System in Urology

Da Vinci System Improves Precision in Common Urological Surgeries

10/5/15 11:44 PM
Da Vinci Robotic Surgery System

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On September 13, 2012, Dr. Ralph Madeb, chief of surgery at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, and Dr. John Valvo, medical director of robotics at Rochester General Health System, teamed up to perform Newark-Wayne’s first robotic surgery using the hospital’s da Vinci Surgical System. The robotic system was used to perform urological surgery on a patient named John Boden.

Benefits of Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System

The da Vinci Surgical System has the benefit of being highly precise while remaining minimally invasive. The addition of computer-enhanced technology to the surgeon’s already-impressive skill set produces a higher quality of surgery than was previously attainable using traditional surgical methods. The small incisions, that surgery with such a system requires, allow the patients not only to heal faster, but also experience fewer side effects.

When performing surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System, surgeons are given a 3-D, highly magnified view of the area they are operating on. This, in conjunction with the small size of the surgical instruments used, allows complex procedures to be performed without the complications and massive loss of blood that often accompany larger incisions.

What This Means for Urological Surgery

Procedures such as a prostatectomy, a pyeloplasty, a partial nephrectomy, and a cystectomy are all urological surgeries in which patients can benefit significantly from the use of a robotic surgical system. These surgeries all involve delicate areas of the body where anything less than perfect precision can cause unwanted damage to nearby glands and organs.

A prostatectomy, for example, is a procedure in which the prostate gland is removed. Because the prostate is situated in a confined space amidst the bladder, urethra, and colon, prostatectomies can be quite delicate, as unwanted damage to the surrounding nerves that control urinary and sexual functions can be detrimental. Surgery using a robotic system’s magnification and precision would be ideal for such a situation.

Similarly, a partial nephrectomy refers to the removal of a damaged piece of a kidney. Sparing any healthy part of the kidney is exponentially preferential compared to complete removal, as those who keep any bit of healthy renal tissue are less likely to suffer from chronic kidney disease after surgery. In such cases, the precision afforded surgeons by a robotic surgical system could make all the difference.

If you need to consult a urologist, take advantage of the comprehensive directory at Urologists.com. Whether you can make it to Newark-Wayne Community Hospital to experience a robotic surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System or not, we will help you find a highly qualified urologist who is convenient for you.


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