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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 can create a great deal of anxiety. 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.
Less invasive surgical options are also available to many patients facing urologic surgery. The most common of these is laparoscopy, which uses small incisions.
A new category of surgery for prostatectomy and other urologic procedures is robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery. This minimally invasive approach, utilizing the latest in surgical and robotics technologies, 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.