Robotic Surgery

An Evolution of Minimally-Invasive Surgery

Years ago, minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgery changed the way surgeons operated. The procedures offered some patients new benefits such as smaller incisions and less pain after surgery.

With the advent of robotic-assisted surgery, many of these benefits have actually been increased for some patients. Robotic surgery provides surgeons with enhanced capabilities and a magnified view while offering many patients a better surgical experience. During a robotic-assisted surgery, your surgeon’s hand movements are translated into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.

Today, the urologic surgeons of University of Minnesota Physicians use robotic surgery to treat:

  • Prostate cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Kidney disorders
  • Bladder cancer
  • Urinary obstruction

The Benefits of Robotic Surgery

For many patients, robotic surgery results in less post-operative pain, less blood loss, shorter hospital stays and a faster return to normal activities.

During robotic-assisted urologic surgery, tiny, centimeter-long incisions are made in the abdomen. These incisions allow for “surgical ports," through which instruments and a laparoscopic high-definition camera attached to the robot’s arms will be entered into the body. Your surgeon will then manipulate these instruments from a console within the operating room. These small incisions mean minimal trauma to the body. Patients will feel better, faster, and they will experience less blood loss.

Robotic surgery also benefits physicians. Robotic surgery can eliminate any hand tremors that can result from surgeons performing longer surgeries. Your surgeon will consult you on all potential treatment options appropriate for your condition.