When medication and other non-surgical treatments are either unavailable or cannot relieve symptoms, surgery is the accepted treatment for a broad range of conditions that affect the male reproductive organs and the organs of the urinary tract. These conditions include, but are not limited to, prostate cancer, ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction, bladder and kidney cancer and vesicoureteral reflux.
Facing any kind of urologic surgery creates a great deal of anxiety for most men. Among your concerns is: "Will my body function normally following surgery?" Traditional open urologic surgery - in which large incisions are made to access the pelvic organs - has been the standard approach when surgery is warranted. Yet common drawbacks of this procedure include significant post-surgical pain, a lengthy recovery and an unpredictable, potentially long-term impact on continence and sexual function.
Fortunately, less invasive surgical options are available to many patients facing urologic surgery. The most common of these is laparoscopy, which uses small incisions. While laparoscopy can be very effective for many routine procedures, limitations of this technology prevent its use for more complex urologic surgeries.
A new category of laparoscopic surgery has evolved using robotic technology. This new technology is now being used by an increasing number of surgeons worldwide for prostatectomy and other urologic procedures. As a pioneer in laparoscopy, Northside was also one of the first hospitals in Georgia to introduce a robotic system. Due to the early adaption to this state-of-the art technology today we are able to provide our patients with experienced robotic surgeons combined with their team of nurses and surgical technologist, this level of expertise is critical in the success of utilizing this new technology.
The da Vinci ® Surgical System is a minimally invasive approach, utilizing the latest in surgical and robotics technologies and is ideal for delicate urologic surgery. This includes prostatectomy, in which the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function. Using da Vinci, your surgeon has a better tool to spare surrounding nerves, which may enhance both your recovery experience and clinical outcomes.