Among the many treatments available for urologic cancers, including prostate, bladder and kidney cancers, robotic surgery is the newest and most advanced surgical option for qualified patients.
In this minimally-invasive procedure, surgeons use robotic-assisted technology to remove cancerous tissue with less disruption of surrounding healthy tissue and with less blood loss than traditional open surgery.
Performed through small incisions using precisely controlled robotic instruments, this surgical procedure typically offers patients a shorter hospital stay, less pain and faster recovery.
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center―James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is considered a world leader in robotic cancer surgery, and is one of the leading international training centers in robotic surgery and in researching its further applications.
Robotic Urologic Procedures
Robotic surgery is an option for many patients with urologic cancer and other conditions. This less invasive method of surgery is rapidly replacing nearly all urologic, traditional large-incision operations. Some of the many urologic procedures offered robotically at The James include:
- Robotic prostatectomy for prostate cancer
- Robotic radical cystectomy for bladder cancer
- Robotic nephrectomy and partial nephrectomy for kidney cancer
- Robotic adrenalectomy for adrenal gland disorders and cancer
- Robotic nephroureterectomy for upper urinary tract cancers
- Robotic pyeloplasty and robotic ureteral reconstruction for upper urinary tract disorders
- Robotic urinary diversion for benign bladder conditions
- Robotic bladder suspensions and other female reconstructive and incontinence procedures
Spotlight on Robotic Prostatectomy
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Robotic surgery, specifically robotic prostatectomy, has rapidly developed as a popular option for many men with early stage prostate cancer.
The robotic prostatectomy incorporates the latest advancements in robotic-assisted technology, and allows a surgical specialist greater precision and control. For appropriate patients, robotic prostatectomy offers numerous potential advantages over traditional prostatectomy.
At The James, we continue to examine these results through as a part of our research initiatives. Surgeons at The James perform more robotic surgeries for prostate cancer than anywhere else in Ohio.
Some of the benefits may include:
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less post-operative pain
- Less blood loss
- Less scarring and a lower risk of infection
- Reduced post-operative complications
- Faster recovery
- Quicker return to normal activities
- Improved erectile function (potency)
- Improved bladder control (continence)
We offer several treatment options for prostate cancer. At The James, a team of renowned prostate cancer experts in medical oncology, surgical oncology and radiation oncology work directly with patients to determine the best treatment for each patient.
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