OUR ROBOTIC ASSISTED PROCEDURES

Your urologic system consists of your kidneys, ureters, bladder, urethra, and male reproductive organs. There are many conditions that may affect your urologic system such as: cancers of the prostate, bladder or kidney, as well as benign (non-cancerous) conditions like ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction and vesicoureteral reflux (abnormal flow of urine from the bladder into the ureters or kidneys).

Your doctor may recommend a certain medication, lifestyle changes, robotic-assisted procedure or a combination of treatments to ease your symptoms.

The prostate gland, a key part of the male reproductive system, is linked closely with the urinary system. It is a small gland that secretes much of the liquid portion of semen, the fluid that transports sperm through the penis during ejaculation.

The prostate is located just beneath the bladder, where urine is stored, and in front of the rectum. It encircles, like a donut, a section of the urethra. The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder out through the penis. During ejaculation, semen is secreted by the prostate through small pores of the urethra’s walls.

The prostate is made up of three lobes encased in an outer covering, or capsule. It is flanked on either side by the seminal vesicles, a pair of pouch-like glands that contribute secretions to the semen. Next to the seminal vesicles run the two vas deferens, tubes that carry sperm from the testicles. The testicles, in addition to manufacturing sperm, produce testosterone, a male sex hormone that controls the prostate’s growth and function.

Male hormones cause the prostate gland to develop in the fetus. The prostate continues to grow as a boy progresses to manhood. If male hormone levels are low, the prostate gland will not grow to full size. In older men, the part of the prostate around the urethra often persists in growing. This causes BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), which can result in urination problems.

The kidneys are two small fist-sized organs located behind the abdomen on each side of the spine. By producing urine, kidneys remove toxic by-products and excess fluids from the body to help maintain a critical balance of salt, potassium and acid.

Each year, kidney cancer is diagnosed in about 190,000 people worldwide. Kidney cancer is slightly more common in men and is usually diagnosed between the ages of 50 and 70 years. It is important to realize that with early diagnosis and treatment, kidney cancer can be cured. In fact, if found early, the survival rate ranges from 79 to 100 percent.

A kidney tumor is an abnormal growth in the kidney. The terms “mass,” “lesion” and “tumor” are often used interchangeably. Tumors may be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). The most common kidney mass is a fluid-filled area called a cyst. Simple cysts are benign, do not turn into cancer and usually do not require follow-up care. Solid kidney tumors can be benign, but are cancerous more than 90 percent of the time. Read more below about the different types of robotic-assisted kidney surgery.

The bladder is a hollow organ that stores urine. It is located inside the lower abdomen, is about the size of a grapefruit and is distensible (elastic) which allows its muscular wall to get larger and smaller.

Bladder cancer is a disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the bladder. It is the ninth most common cancer worldwide with approximately 350,000 new cases per year. Rates in men are three to four times greater than in women and bladder cancer is more common in many southern and eastern European countries, parts of Africa, the Middle East and North America. The following are the different types of robotic-assisted bladder surgery we offer.

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