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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 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 surgery, introduced with the development of the da
Vinci® Surgical System, is being used by an
increasing number of surgeons worldwide for prostatectomy and other
urologic procedures. 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. Using da
Vinci, your surgeon has a better tool to spare surrounding
nerves, which may enhance both your recovery experience and clinical
To learn more about minimally invasive options for urologic surgery, click here.
While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci® System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.
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For additional information on minimally invasive surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System visit www.davincisurgery.com.