Robot-Assisted Urologic Procedures
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings
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What are Robot-Assisted Urologic Procedures?

  • Robot-Assisted Surgery—Overview

Examples of urologic surgeries that have been successfully done using this technique include:

  • Prostatectomy —to remove part or all of a prostate gland found to contain prostate cancer
  • Pyeloplasty —to repair an abnormality of the kidney and nearby ureter (tube that leads from the kidney to the bladder)
  • Cystectomy —to remove all or part of the bladder to treat bladder cancer
  • Nephrectomy —to remove all or part of the kidney because of kidney cancer, kidney stones, or kidney disease
  • Ureteral reimplantation—to disconnect and reinsert the ureter from the bladder to keep urine from flowing backwards from the bladder into the kidneys
  • Procedures requiring fine dissection and suturing (eg, reconnection of the ureter)

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Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a robot-assisted urologic procedure, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Damage to neighboring organs or structures
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Anesthesia-related problems
  • The need to switch to traditional surgical methods (eg, traditional laparoscopic or open surgery)

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Pre-existing heart or lung condition
  • Advanced age
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol intake
  • Use of certain medicines

Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.

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