Minimally Invasive Surgeries

When medications are no longer useful to 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, adrenal tumors, kidney stones, urinary dysfunction, incontinence, prostate cancer, ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction,  bladder and kidney cancer.

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. Minimally invasive surgery may require only a few incisions or none at all. This means patients have less pain, faster recovery, and fewer complications. A large number of urologic surgeries can now be performed in a minimally invasive fashion using endoscopes – small instruments with cameras or laparoscopes – small key-hole incisions in the skin. 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 daVinci® 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; and pyeloplasty, in which diseased ureter is excised and sewn back together. Using daVinci®, your surgeon has a better tool to spare surrounding nerves and tissues, which may enhance both your recovery experience and clinical outcomes.

Minimally invasive endoscopic, laparoscopic, and robotic-assisted urologic procedures can be performed with the following urologic conditions:

  • Kidney and Ureteral stones
  • Kidney tumors
  • Adrenal tumors
  • Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH)
  • Urinary incontinencePyeloplasty
  • Prostate Cancer & Treatment
  • Adrenal tumors
  • Prostatectomy
  • daVinci® Prostatectomy

While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the daVinci® System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the daVinci® Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits. For additional information on minimally invasive surgery with the daVinci® Surgical System visit

daVinci® Surgery

The daVinci® System has brought minimally invasive surgery to more than 3 million patients worldwide. 

With the daVinci® Surgical System, surgeons operate through just a few small incisions. The daVinci® System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. As a result, daVinci® enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision and control.

The daVinci® System represents the latest in surgical and robotics technologies. Your surgeon is 100% in control of the daVinci® System at all times. daVinci® technology translates your surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.

daVinci® Robotic Prostatectomy

The goal of the daVinci® Robotic Prostatectomy is to remove the prostate gland and the seminal vesicles, and sometimes the lymph nodes in order to cure prostate cancer. Referred to by many as robotic surgery for prostate cancer or robotic prostatectomy, daVinci® Prostatectomy is more accurately a robot-assisted, minimally invasive surgery that is quickly becoming the preferred treatment for removal of the prostate following early diagnosis of prostate cancer. In fact, studies suggest that daVinci® Prostatectomy may be the most effective, least invasive prostate surgery performed today.¹

Though any diagnosis of cancer can be traumatic, the good news is that if your doctor recommends prostate surgery, the cancer was probably caught early. With daVinci® Prostatectomy, the likelihood of a complete recovery from prostate cancer without long-term side effects is, for most patients, better than it has ever been.

daVinci® Prostatectomy is performed with the assistance of the daVinci®  Surgical System – the latest evolution in robotics technology. The daVinci®  Surgical System enables surgeons to operate with unmatched precision and control using only a few small incisions. Recent studies suggest that daVinci® Prostatectomy may offer improved cancer control and a faster return to potency and continence. daVinci® Prostatectomy also offers these potential benefits: significantly less pain, less blood loss, fewer complications, less scarring, a shorter hospital stay, a faster return to normal daily activities.

While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the daVinci®  System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the daVinci®  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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(1) Most effective minimally invasive surgery in terms of cancer control, potency and continence, cancer control being defined in part by margin rates and PSA test scores. The following studies provide support for daVinci® Prostatectomy’s effectiveness in these three areas: Ahlering TE, Woo D, Eichel L, Lee DI, Edwards R, SkareckyDW. Robot-assisted versus open radical prostatectomy: a comparison of one surgeon’s outcomes. Urology. 2004 May;63(5):819-22. Menon M, Tewari A, Peabody JO, Shrivastava A, Kaul S, Bhandari A, Hemal AK. Vattikuti Institute prostatectomy, a technique of robotic radical prostatectomy for management of localized carcinoma of the prostate: experience of over 1100 cases. Urol Clin North Am. 2004 Nov;31(4)701-17. Tewari A, Srivasatava A, Menon M; Members of the VIP Team. A prospective comparison of radical retropubic and robot-assisted prostatectomy: experience in one institution. BJU Int. 2003 Aug;92(3):205-10. Please also see the Clinical References section of the site for additional clinical support.