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Robotic Surgery

Urologic Surgery


The expert surgeons and urologic oncologists at Saint Thomas Health rely on the minimally invasive, nerve-sparing virtues of the procedure known as laparoscopic cystectomy to offer their patients the most effective treatment for bladder cancer.

Robotic Cystectomy is simply a newer, more effective, minimally invasive surgical method for bladder cancer. Utilizing the da Vinci Surgical System, it offers bladder cancer patients the prospect of a more effective surgery and less problematic post-surgical recovery.

Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Cystectomy:

  • Minimal damage to vital muscle and delicate nerve tissue as a result of the surgery
  • A shorter hospital stay and an even faster return to a normal level of activity
  • Fewer noticeable scars
  • Minimized risk of blood loss
  • Minimized chances of post-operative infections
  • Minimized chances of post-operative incontinence or impotence
  • Minimized chances of other complications commonly associated with cystectomy
  • Minimal post-operative pain and discomfort.


The experts at Saint Thomas Health utilize da Vinci technology to perform a nephrectomy which allows for improved access inside the abdominal cavity. The procedure is performed through a few tiny incisions that access the abdomen. This offers renal cancer patients the benefits of surgery, but with a minimally invasive approach.

Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Nephrectomy:

  • Low cancer reoccurrence, mortality in advanced disease
  • Minimal pain, including low postoperative neuralgia (pain caused by nerve damage)
  • Lower levels of blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Faster return of pulmonary function
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery

Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Partial Nephrectomy

  • Excellent renal mass dissection and excision
  • Easy and precise intracorporeal suturing for renal reconstruction, facilitating procedure completion with reduced warm ischemia times
  • Real-time intraoperative ultrasound guidance and auxiliary video input display using TilePro™ multi-image display
  • Shorter operative time compared to laparoscopic partial nephrectomy


You may be a candidate for a less invasive approach to prostate removal called robotic prostatectomy. This method incorporates the latest advancements in robotic-assisted technology and allows a surgeon greater visualization, enhanced dexterity, precision and control.

Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Partial Prostatectomy:

  • Better retention of bladder control
  • Better retention of erectile function
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less post-operative pain and pain medication
  • Less anesthesia
  • Less blood loss and transfusions
  • No blood donation necessary from patient
  • Less scarring
  • Faster and more complete recovery
  • Quicker return to normal daily activities


Pyeloplasty is the surgical reconstruction or revision of the renal pelvis to drain and decompress the kidney. Most commonly it is performed to treat an uretero-pelvic junction obstruction if residual renal function is adequate.

This revision of the renal pelvis treats the obstruction by excising the stenotic area of the renal pelvis or uretero-pelvic junction and creating a more capacious conduit using the tissue of the remaining ureter and renal pelvis.

Drawing of a swollen kidney that results from uretero-pelvic junction obstruction

Ureteral Re-Implantation

The experts at Saint Thomas Health perform a Ureteral Re-Implantation in appropriate patients using minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery.

Benefits of robotic-assisted utereral re-implantation:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer transfusions
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Shorter recovery time