What are the benefits of robotic surgery for urologic disorders?

Dr. Robert E. Reiter, MD

The first robots to treat urological disorders were used for prostate cancer surgery, followed by bladder and kidney cancer procedures. In addition, urological surgeons use robots to treat:

  • enlarged prostate
  • testicular cancer
  • incontinence in men and women

The technology has improved dramatically. It’s almost like a television. Imagine going from analog to digital and now high definition. The instruments have gotten better, the robots have gotten better. Surgeons in urology are increasingly using robotic surgery to operate on people, resulting in less blood loss, less pain and faster recovery. Robotic surgery helps the doctors see better. Operations are less invasive and less painful.

This content originally appeared online at UCLA Health.

For men and women with urologic disorders, the decision to have surgery can be difficult. The business of life does not leave much time to recover from a significant surgical procedure. Surgical recovery time can now be shortened due to advances in robotic technology.

Benefits of robotic surgery for urologic disorders may include:

  • smaller incisions/less scarring
  • significantly less pain
  • less blood loss
  • shorter recovery time
  • faster return to normal daily activities
When medications aren't enough to treat the male urinary and reproductive systems, surgery is often necessary. Learn about the benefits of robotic surgery in this video from Coliseum Medical Centers.

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