How is robotic surgery used to treat urologic disorders?

Dr. Robert E. Reiter, MD
In urology, technological advances in robotic surgery have broadened doctors' capabilities. Here are some examples:
  • Before, surgeons use robots to remove cancer tumors from diseased bladders. Today, they can remove and then reconstruct and reinsert them.
  • During kidney surgery, surgeons can remove the entire kidney, or just the tumor. Recently, they have been performing kidney transplants using a robot.
  • Surgeons are combining robotic surgery with better imaging methods to create precise maps of the prostate and the kidney before they remove them.
In addition to urology, robotic surgery is used in many different health fields, including:
  • head and neck surgery
  • general surgery
  • cardiac surgery
  • gynecology
  • thoracic surgery
This content originally appeared online at UCLA Health.

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