Urologic Conditions & Treatments

Minimally Invasive & Robotic Urologic Surgery in Chattanooga

Robotic Urologic Surgery Chattanooga TNWhen you have been diagnosed with a condition that requires surgery, you will often have a choice between a large incision or laparoscopy with small incisions. Robotic assisted laparoscopic and laparoscopic urologic surgery is a breakthrough in minimally invasive surgical techniques. It is effective and is beneficial for complex surgical procedures. You receive the benefits of a definitive treatment with the potential for significantly less pain, less blood loss, shorter hospital stays and a faster return to daily life plus the best clinical outcomes.

Note that robotic surgery doesn’t mean the robot is in charge. Your surgeon controls every aspect of the surgery and the use of state-of-the-art technology. But this technology is only as good as your surgeon. So when deciding whether to choose robotic surgery you must find surgeons who have high technical expertise in complex and routine robotic procedures. The urologic surgeons at UT Urology have the skills with robotic and laparoscopic surgery developed over years and unparalleled expertise to provide you with the best possible surgical experience and outcomes.

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Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy

These procedures are only performed by advanced robotic surgeons such as those at UT Urology. The goal of robotic laparoscopic radical prostatectomy is to remove the prostate gland that contains prostate cancer found on biopsy. This procedure can be performed on men with low to high-risk disease.

Robotic laparoscopic radical prostatectomy is extremely effective as a minimally invasive surgery and has very high patient satisfaction rates. It is proven to provide faster recovery, less pain and return to normal activity with less pain and bleeding and shorter hospital stays. Use of the robot allows magnified vision which is thought to improve the ability to spare the nerves that run alongside the prostate providing better potency and continence.

Robotic Laparoscopic Partial and Radical Nephrectomy

This minimally invasive procedure is extremely complex and only performed by expert robotic surgeons. The goal is to spare as much of the normal kidney as possible. It is safe and effective and offers the advantages of shorter operative time, decreased hospital stays and less blood loss, with maximum preservation of the kidney tissue in order to preserve function. These surgeries require precise control that can only be achieved with experienced laparoscopic surgeons like those at UT Urology.

Partial nephrectomy is employed where there is localized kidney cancer – confined to the kidney. The surgery is effective and provides 5-year cancer-free rates of about 95%. This surgery is recommended where the tumors are less than 4 cm, however can be performed for larger tumors depending on the patient and tumor characteristics. This is the new gold standard for treatment of these tumors.

Total nephrectomy or removal of the affected kidney can also be achieved with smaller incisions, better imaging and precise removal of the diseased tissue. Smaller incisions mean less pain and quicker recovery. This surgery is recommended in the management of malignant and benign kidney disease and is safe when performed by experienced surgeons.

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Robotic Assisted Radical Cystectomy with Intracorporeal Urinary Diversion

This surgery is aimed at management of muscle-invasive bladder cancer. It is a complex surgery requiring removal of the bladder, prostate and seminal vesicles in men, pelvic lymph nodes and removal of the bladder, uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes in women. The urinary diversion is performed at the same time to provide drainage of urine.

Radical cystectomy has a high morbidity rate meaning a high rate of illness after the surgery. However, with the experience surgeons of UT Urology it can be safe with good outcomes, excellent disease control and a low risk of surgical complications. Robotic assisted radical cystectomy with intracorporeal urinary diversion is only performed by expert robotic surgeons at very few centers nationally, but UT Urology offers this surgery as part of their comprehensive care.

Robotic Assisted Pyeloplasty

This surgery is beneficial to remove a urinary obstruction. Here the surgeon removes the blockage and reattaches the healthy part of the kidney to the healthy part of the ureter. The da Vinci system provides enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control over traditional laparoscopic surgery. The benefits include less blood loss, shorter operating time, shorter hospital stay and faster return to normal activity.

Robotic Assisted Urinary Reconstruction

This is an alternative to open surgery for patients with bladder cancer where removal of the bladder and reconstruction of the urinary tract are required. Again, advantages include less blood loss, less need for transfusions, smaller incisions, faster recovery with outcomes equivalent to open surgery.

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Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Simple Prostatectomy

Robotic urologic surgery with the da Vinci robot is an option for men with severe BPH, whose prostate is larger than those who could be treated with laser or TURP. It improves the surgeon’s ability to view the anatomy, and allows for more complete removal with lower retreatment rates. Further, it avoids the need for a large abdominal incision, blood transfusion, and longer hospital stays and longer recovery. It provides the surgeon advantages over open prostatectomy without the potential disadvantages.

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Talk to the regional leaders at UT Urology to see if you would be a candidate for a robotic procedure. The robotic urology specialists at UT Urology, Drs. Chris Keel and Amar Singh, perform numerous complex robotic procedures each week and our health system is specifically geared to care for people undergoing complex robotic procedures. The UT Urology providers will help get you the best treatment for your urologic cancer, BPH or kidney blockage with a patient-centered customized care plan.

For more information on minimally invasive and robotic assisted procedures in Chattanooga, and East Ridge, TN, call our office or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation today.

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