Robotic Surgery is the Future of Urology

The medical field of urology has long embraced technology by adopting innovative equipment and techniques soon after they are developed. One technical innovation that has been at the forefront of medical treatment is robotic surgery. Presently, robot-assisted techniques account for up to 50% of urologic surgeries. And in several types of procedures, particularly in cancer therapy, robotic surgery has become the standard approach.

Growing dominance

In recent years, urology training programs have increasingly emphasized instruction in robotic systems. In fact, more than 70% of existing urology training and subspecialty fellowships focus on teaching minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic procedures. With this continued emphasis during medical training, robotic systems are likely to become the leading method of urology surgeries.

Standard approach

Robotic surgical systems have become the standard approach in performing radical prostatectomy. When used properly, they result in reduced blood loss and scarring, decreased risk of nerve damage and preserved erectile function. Robot-assisted surgery is also the standard technique for partial and total nephrectomy (removal of the kidney). Robotic nephrectomy has a significantly shorter operating time, minimizes blood loss, and requires a shorter hospital stay than traditional open surgery.

In addition, robotic approaches have ensured that even the more technically challenging procedures are standardized, as with intra-corporeal urinary diversion and radical cystectomy. Urologists can now perform robotic cystectomy with intracorporeal diversions resulting in reduced complications.

Increased efficiency

Since urologic laparoscopic procedures are technically quite challenging, robotic systems have increasingly become the more efficient alternative. For instance, the da Vinci robotic system has finer surgical instruments that allow for smaller keyhole incisions. This gives urologists a high degree of freedom when working with very small spaces and ensures precise tissue dissection and surgical manipulations.

With da Vinci robotic surgery, the 10x magnification and high-definition imaging of internal structures ensures that nerves and tissue are unharmed. By facilitating the identification of key anatomic structures, the robotic system makes complex surgeries more successful.

Greater patient satisfaction

Robotic surgical systems have established minimally-invasive procedures as the centerpiece of urologic surgery. Urologists can now perform bladder, kidney, and prostate removal with superior pre-operative and post-operative outcomes compared to open surgery.

The benefits of the da Vinci robotic surgery have triggered a rising patient demand for robotic surgery. Most patients want a reduced risk of bleeding and shorter recovery time. With increased patient demand, robotic surgery will become even more in demand.

Revolutionized cancer therapy

Robot-assisted surgery has changed the way urological cancers are treated, allowing for the removal of bladder and kidney tumors using minimally invasive techniques. In younger patients with testicular cancer that has already spread to the lymph nodes, robotic surgery can now be used as an alternative to radiotherapy.

The da Vinci surgical procedure provides a superior prostate cancer survival rate and ensures that the prostate cancer is treated without postoperative urinary or erectile problems. It also enables urologists to conduct salvage operations on patients with recurrent cancer, helping to avoid or delay the need for chemotherapy.

At St Pete Urology, we believe robotic surgery is the future of urology. We are continually investing in cutting-edge robotic equipment and procedures that enable us to do a wide array of minimally invasive surgeries that achieve optimal outcomes for our patients. For more information on urologic disorders and surgical procedures, visit the St Pete Urology website.

Technological Innovations in Urology

Technological innovations in urology have resulted in far-reaching improvements in patient care. At St Pete Urology, the implementation of new technologies and innovations has improved diagnostic accuracy, enhanced the safety and quality of treatments, and streamlined patient information systems. For example, the use of advanced imaging technologies has enabled urologists to visualize and diagnose different conditions more precisely while minimally invasive surgery results in significantly reduced pain and quicker recovery and convalescence.

Laparoscopic Surgery

Technological Innovations in UrologyOur urology specialists use laparoscopic surgery when applying miniature instruments inserted using a small tube (known as a laparoscope) through small incisions in the patient’s body. We use novel biological sensors, techniques and instruments to ensure less pain, faster recovery and better outcomes for urologic problems. For example, we offer minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery for kidney stones, pelvic organ prolapse, live donor nephrectomy, uretal stricture, uretopelvic junction obstruction, renal cysts, renal cell carcinoma, prostate cancer and more. Our urologists in St Petersburg have also refined laparoscopic surgery for use in children to remove dysfunctional or malformed kidneys, correct blocked ureters and treat undescended testicles.

Robotic Surgery

At St Pete Urology, every urologist is trained in the use of robotic surgery to perform operations with more precision. Robot-assisted surgery is a minimally-invasive operation similar to laparoscopy (performed through smaller incisions than open surgery), but in which small surgical tools are mounted on a robotic arm controlled by the surgeon using a computer. The urologist makes tiny incisions for inserting the instruments into the body then uses an endoscope to view enlarged 3-D images of the affected area during the operation. Our urology clinic boasts of the da Vinci machine, the world’s most advanced surgical robot, enabling our specialists to conduct operations with better vision, precision and control.

External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT)

Also called Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), this form of treatment has been implemented at St Pete Urology with great success for prostate patients. Our state-of-the-art imaging enables urologists to direct radiation with more precision to the area of the prostate that requires treatment. With better preparation and planning, this technology ensures more accuracy and allows the urologist to target the same area of the prostate for all additional treatments. In fact, EBRT ensures less radiation and pinpoint accuracy for better outcomes and reduced side effects associated with radiotherapy.

Cryosurgery and Cryosurgical Ablation

We have implemented new cryosurgical technologies for treating prostate cancer, making it easier for our urologists to map cancerous cells more precisely, and freezing and killing cells not reachable by means of radical prostatectomy surgery. Similarly, we use cryosurgical ablation to destroy diseased tissues and eradicate prostate cancer in patients who decline radical surgery (involving prostate removal). Our cryosurgical procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis and without incisions, ensuring minimal blood loss or side effects.

Selecting the Best Technologies

In a world with seemingly endless urology innovations and technologies, we have carefully selected and implemented only those that are effective and appeal to both patients and doctors. This means that all technologies at St Pete Urology have a proven efficacy, cause the least discomfort to patients, and can easily be performed by every urologist. For more information on safer and effective use of the latest technological innovations in the treatment of urological conditions, make an appointment at St Pete Urology in St Petersburg, Florida.

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