Robotic Surgery Q & A
What is robotic surgery?
Robotic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which your urologist uses da Vinci robotic instruments to treat urinary or sexual problems. The benefits of robotic surgery over traditional surgery include smaller incisions, a lower risk of complications, less blood loss, and shorter recovery times.
During surgical procedures at Comprehensive Urology, robot technology guides your surgeon’s movements to achieve optimal precision and accuracy.
Why might I need robotic surgery?
To find out if you’re a candidate for robotic surgery, your provider carefully reviews your symptoms and medical history. They complete a physical examination and might recommend you undergo blood tests, urine tests, imaging procedures, a biopsy, or other diagnostic tests.
Your urologist may suggest robotic surgery if you have:
- Prostate, kidney, or bladder cancer
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Peyronie’s disease
- Kidney stones or gallstones
- Other kidney or bladder issues
Highly trained specialists might use robotic surgery to remove all or part of your prostate gland, gallbladder, or cysts. They offer advanced surgical techniques for vaginal rejuvenation, vasectomy, hysterectomy, tubal ligation, reconstructive pelvic surgery, bladder or kidney repair, and much more.
How should I prepare for robotic surgery?
To prepare for robotic surgery at Comprehensive Urology, follow your urologist’s instructions. Avoid food and drinks before you arrive for surgery and make arrangements to have someone drive you home.
You may need to clean your bowels with a laxative or enema the day before surgery, depending on which robotic procedure you undergo. Stop taking certain medications if your urologist recommends it.
What happens during robotic surgery?
Right before robotic surgery, your provider gives you general anesthesia to put you to sleep or regional anesthesia with a sedative, so you’re awake but don’t feel any pain. They might give you an antibiotic before the procedure to prevent infection.
Your urologist makes tiny incisions and removes or repairs tissues, which might take several hours using the up-to-date da Vinci robotic technology. They close the incision site and take you to a recovery area to rest.
What should I expect during my recovery?
Depending on which robotic surgery you undergo, you may stay in the surgical center for a night or two. Take all medications as prescribed and follow additional post-surgery instructions. After certain procedures, you might wear a urinary catheter for a week or two.
Take it easy and avoid strenuous physical activity, driving, and sexual activity until your doctor says it’s okay. Attend all follow-up appointments with your urologist so they can monitor your progress, and call the Comprehensive Urology office if you experience new or worsening symptoms after surgery.
If you require minimally invasive surgery, you can trust highly trained urologists at Comprehensive Urology with your care. Schedule an appointment by phone or online to find out if robotic surgery is right for you.