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Robotic Surgery at VCU Urology

Areas of Surgery Assisted by Robotics

Thanks to the benefits of robotic-assisted surgery, our surgeons are able to perform a variety of very delicate, minimally invasive procedures, with much greater control and better clinical outcomes.

Focusing on issues with the urinary tract of men and women, as well as the reproductive system of men, VCU Urology treats numerous conditions with robotic-assisted surgery with great success. robotic surgery image

Robotic procedures performed by our surgeons include:

Adrenal Tumors | Adrenalectomy
There are two adrenal glands, one on top of each kidney toward the back. Tumors of the adrenal glands are rare. However, when present, they can cause many problems by excess secretion of certain adrenal-produced hormones.

Bladder Removal for Bladder Cancer
Currently, VCU is one of only a handful of medical centers that are using robotic surgery for removal of the bladder for advanced bladder cancer. This enables our bladder cancer patients to have the benefits of robotic surgery, including less blood loss, smaller incisions and fast recovery time.

Kidney surgery
With kidney surgery, the robot helps to minimize blood loss thanks to the 3-D vision that helps the surgeon see the intricate spatial relationships of large blood vessels surrounding the kidney. This enables our surgeons to perform complex kidney and ureteral surgery, including nephrectomy, partial nephrectomy, ureteral reimplantation and pyeloplasty.

For benign and malignant conditions of the kidney, all or part of the organ may be removed through this process. Using the da Vinci® robot, our surgeons often are able to perform a partial nephrectomy. This procedure removes only the tumor while preserving the remaining kidney.

Pelvic prolapse
When the connective tissues or muscles within the body cavity are weak and unable to hold the pelvic and vaginal tissues in their natural orientation, a patient may be treated through surgical reconstruction of the affected area. More than 120,000 cases of uterine and vaginal vault prolapse are surgically treated each year in the United States. Robotic techniques allow for precise placement of sutures, less blood loss and faster recovery time.

Prostate surgery
Robotic surgeons at VCU are highly skilled and experienced with the most common robotic surgery performed, the robotic prostatectomy. By using the “wrested” robotic hands to perform delicate nerve-sparing surgery, our surgeons are able to achieve superior outcomes in post-operative variables, including erectile dysfunction and urinary control. Compared with standard open radical prostatectomy, our patients recover much faster, have less blood loss and can return to normal daily life considerably faster.

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updated: April 18, 2017