HCC surgeons use robotic surgery to treat a variety of urologic conditions. Among the advantages of robotic surgery: Several small incisions are made vs. one larger one, and the robotic arms can access hard-to-reach areas. Robotic surgery may mean:
- Less blood loss, pain and scarring
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster return to normal activities
Prostatectomy, surgical removal of the prostate gland, is a common treatment for prostate cancer, and robotic prostatectomy can be a good option for many patients. For the robotic procedure, the surgeon sits at a console near the operating table and uses robotic arms to access and remove the prostate gland and other tissues. Robotic surgery for prostate cancer can mean:
- Better cancer removal
- Reduced risk of erectile dysfunction
- Reduced risk of urinary incontinence
Treatment for kidney cancer depends on the type and stage of cancer and other factors.
For renal cell cancer
, which affects cells in the kidneys, surgical treatments include nephrectomy - total removal of one or both kidneys, or partial nephrectomy - removal of a kidney tumor or part of a kidney.
Transitional cell cancer
of the renal pelvis and ureter affects the renal pelvis, which is part of the kidney, and the ureter, which connects the kidney to the bladder. Surgical treatments include nephroureterectomy - surgery to remove the kidney, ureter, and tissue that connects the ureter to the bladder. Another surgical procedure is ureter resection, which removes the cancerous part of the ureter and some surrounding tissue.
Robotic surgery for kidney cancer can mean:
- Better clinical outcomes in many cases
- Less impact on healthy kidney tissue, which reduces risk of chronic kidney disease
Other kidney conditions
Benign (non-cancerous) kidney conditions that can be treated with robotic surgery include blockage of the ureter, which can be congenital (present from birth), or result from illness or injury. Blockages can cause infections, kidney stones and/or chronic pain. Untreated, they can damage the kidney over time.