It has been shown that a patient recovers much more quickly and has less pain if he has had several small incisions as compared to the one larger one of open surgery. This allows the typical patient to go home the day after surgery and limits the need of post-operative pain medication.
Although the da Vinci system is used for surgical treatment of the kidney, ureter, bladder and vaginal prolapse, its most common application is that of removing the prostate for prostate cancer.
If your doctor suggests surgery for a kidney disease or kidney cancer, it can be done using open surgery (through one large incision) or using minimally invasive surgery (through a few small incisions) with traditional laparoscopy or da Vinci Surgery.
Depending on your condition and the location of your tumor, you may not have to lose your entire kidney during surgery. This surgical method is called partial nephrectomy or kidney-sparing surgery. The goal is to remove only the diseased part of your kidney and keep the healthy part in place.
Studies show patients who have kidney-sparing surgery are less likely to suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD) or need dialysis compared to those who lose their entire kidney.
Feel free to contact our office to learn more about the management of urological conditions using the da Vinci robot.