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Urologic Conditions:

Urinary Tract Obstruction, Kidney Tumors/Cancer, Bladder Cancer, Prostate Cancer

Surgical Options

Treatment options for urologic conditions may include one or more of the following and will depend on the stage of the disease and the patient’s overall health:

  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Biologic Therapy
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Open Surgery

Open Surgery

With open surgery, doctors make a large incision in the abdomen. The exact size of the incision will depend on the type of procedure being performed. Open surgery, also called laparotomy, allows doctors to touch key organs and feel inside the patient’s body as they operate.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Laparoscopy: With laparoscopy, the surgeon stands next to the patient and operates through a few small incisions using long, straight instruments and a tiny camera. The 3D high-definition camera provides a magnified view inside the patient’s body. The camera sends images to a video monitor in the operating room to guide doctors as they operate.

Robotic-Assisted Surgery: During robotic-assisted surgery, the surgeon sits at a nearby console and controls the instruments, which bend and rotate. The surgeon uses a 3D HD vision system which provides a magnified view inside the patient’s body. The system translates all hand movements into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body.


Important Information for Patients
Serious complications may occur in any surgery, up to and including death. Individual surgical results may vary. Patients should talk to their doctor to decide what is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision.
For more complete information please refer to: http://patients.uroweb.org/

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