Urology Specialists, P.C. is one of only a few practices in the region that utilizes the da VinciTM Surgical System from Intuitive Surgical, Inc.® to perform minimally invasive surgery, resulting in less blood loss, less pain, and a more rapid postoperative recovery.
As the only commercially available telerobotic system in the world, the da VinciTM Surgical System consists of 3 main components:
- vision cart holding a dual light source and dual 3-chip cameras
- movable surgical cart containing 3 mounted arms and a camera arm
- master console generating a magnified 3-dimensional image, foot pedals to control the camera and instruments, and master control grips that drive the robotic arms at the patient's side.
The surgery is greatly facilitated as the surgeon's hand-eye axis is positioned to give the illusion of directly operating on the patient through an open incision while he or she is seated comfortably at the console.
The articulating laparoscopic instruments (EndoWrist®) have complex cable driven joints at the tips allowing the same motions possible by the human hand during open surgery. This allows for increased precision in dissection and suturing during the operation.
The da VinciTM Surgical System offers many advantages over conventional laparoscopic and open surgery including:
- improved 3-dimensional viewing with 6-12X magnification
- increased dexterity with instruments having the same range of motion as the human hand
- elimination of physiologic tremor
- motion scaling available, increasing the precision possible for surgical dissection
- ergonomic console decreases surgeon fatigue and allows for completion of more complex and time consuming procedures without potentially adversely affecting the surgery.
This surgical platform allows Urology Specialists, P.C. to offer a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery for the following urologic procedures:
- Prostatectomy (removal of prostate) [More about robotic prostatectomy]
- Pyeloplasty (plastic surgery on the kidney) [More about robotic pyeloplasty]
- Partial Nephrectomy (removing part of the diseased kidney) [More about robotic partial nephrectomy]
- Ureteroureterostomy (resection and reimplantation of ureter to the ureter)
- Vesicovaginal fistula repair
- Adrenalectomy (removal of the adrenal gland)
- Ureteroneocystostomy (resection and reimplantation of ureter to the bladder)
- Nephroureterectomy (removal of the kidney and ureter to the level of the bladder)
- Nephrectomy (removal of the kidney)