To understand the advantages of minimally-invasive procedures, it is important to understand what each of the following terms means:
- Minimally-Invasive procedures
- Laparoscopic procedures
- Robotic surgical procedures
Minimally-invasive procedures are surgical procedures performed with the smallest amount of damage possible to the body. Your physician will make the minimum amount of incisions necessary to perform the procedure. These incisions are usually very small, reducing risk of blood loss, infections and post-surgical complications.
In these procedures, surgeons make several tiny incisions instead of one large one, inserting tiny surgical instruments and a miniature video camera to view the area. Chesapeake Urology's highly trained surgeons are leaders in using laparoscopic techniques. Some procedures can be performed using standard laparoscopy or robot assisted techniques, depending on the disease and the preference of the surgeon.
Robotic surgical procedures
People may be nervous when they hear about robotic surgery. They want an experienced surgeon performing surgery; not a robot. But robotic surgery is really robot-assisted surgery.
This groundbreaking alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision. The robot acts as an extension of the surgeon's hands and reacts to motions made by the surgeon. There are no "automated" functions to the surgical robot.
Conditions our physicians treat with minimally invasive and robotic surgeries include:
- Prostate cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Bladder cancer
- UPJ Obstruction
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Testicular Cancer
Learn more about the advanced laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgeries to treat these conditions.