Urologic conditions that affect the male reproductive organs and the organs of the urinary tract may require surgical treatment. Physicians at Palms West Hospital offer da Vinci® Surgery for conditions ranging from urinary incontinence, to surgical removal of the kidney or prostate. Men facing prostate cancer also benefit from have a choice of minimally invasive treatments.
Prostate – surgical removal of the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system located just below the bladder, is often recommended for men diagnosed with prostate cancer. This treatment for prostate cancer is called a ‘prostatectomy’ and can be performed in a traditional open approach with a large incision or in a less invasive way using the da Vinci Surgical System. Each case of prostate cancer is as individual as the patient. Men who are interested in their choices should talk with their physician about the best treatment for them.
Kidney and Urinary Tract – Urinary obstruction is a common condition that affects the kidneys. Minimally invasive robotic surgical procedures are available to prevent serious side effects such as inflammation, kidney stones and eventual damage to the kidney, the organ that filters waste from the blood. For patients with kidney cancer, surgical removal of all or part of the kidney may be recommended. Depending on a patient’s condition, the entire organ may be removed or physicians may be able to treat the patient and remove only part of the kidney. Removal of the entire organ is called a ‘simple’ nephrectomy; removal of a portion of the kidney is called a ‘partial’ nephrectomy. Whether a patient needs a partial or simple nephrectomy, the procedure can be performed minimally invasively using the da Vinci Surgical System. Patients interested in their choices should talk with their physician about what treatment is best for them.
Bladder – A cystectomy is often the recommended treatment for bladder cancer. Not so long ago, the surgery was performed using a traditional open approach. That usually involved notable tissue and nerve damage, significant blood loss and carried a greater risk of post-operative infections and complications. Minimally-invasive robotic surgery is now possible. The da Vinci Surgical System imitates a surgeon’s movements and enhances their precision, offering bladder cancer patients an effective surgical and less problematic post-surgical outcome. Patients interested in their choices should talk with their physician about what treatment is best for them.