Urologists are physicians who also specialize in the correction and treatment of medical conditions that affect the kidneys and bladder. As such, they may determine that robotic surgery is the preferred treatment to correct conditions that cause the kidneys or bladder to not function properly.
The following procedures may involve the use of robotic surgery:
Unlike what your first impression may be, robotic surgery is performed with a surgeon seated at a special console that mimics the hand movements that are necessary for your type of surgery. Those hand movements are translated precisely to a series of “arms” containing tiny instruments that perform the actual surgery. The value of robotic surgery to the surgeon is that the technology acts as an extension of the surgeon’s eyes and hands providing twice the clearness and a larger view of the surgical area.
Click here for a patient’s first-hand account of the benefits he experienced with robotic nephrectomy surgery.
If you suffer from any of the conditions listed on this site, contact one of the robotically-trained urologists on the North Kansas City Hospital medical staff.
Remember, robotic surgery may not be appropriate for every individual and individual results may vary. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as the risks and benefits.