Robotic Surgery

Robotic Surgery

With recent advances in minimally invasive surgery and computer technology, robotic surgery has become more widely available for a number of different urologic procedures.

The most common use of robotic surgery is for the treatment of prostate cancer. Several half inch incisions are made in the patient’s abdomen to perform the surgery, and one incision is enlarged to 2 inches for removal of the prostate. A “robotic prostatectomy” uses a surgical robotic system (the da Vinci® Surgical System) to allow your urologist to remotely operate surgical instruments and a laparoscopic camera during the procedure. The robotic system is not an actual robot, but instead is “computer assisted surgery” under the full control of the surgeon at all times.

The primary advantages to robotic surgery in urology is less loss of blood during surgery, less potential for harm to surrounding healthy tissue or organs, less post-operative pain for the patient, a shorter stay within the hospital, and a faster return to normal activities after surgery. Other uses of robotic surgery within urology include partial kidney removal, kidney reconstruction (such as a pyeloplasty) or removal of the bladder to treat aggressive bladder cancer.

Not every patient is a candidate for robotic surgery. Your doctor will discuss with you the details of your situation and help you make the best decision for your care.

Academic Urology Locations

  • Brinton Lake

    Crozer Medical Plaza
    500 Evergreen Dr.,
    Glen Mills, PA 19342

  • Bryn Mawr

    919 Conestoga Rd
    Building 1, Suite 300
    Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

  • Center for Pelvic Medicine, LLC

    919 Conestoga Rd
    Building 1, Suite 301
    Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

  • Coatesville

    213 Reeceville Rd
    Coatesville, PA 19320

  • Glen Mills

    100 Maris Grove Way
    Glen Mills, PA 19342

  • King of Prussia

    211 S. Gulph Rd.
    King of Prussia, PA 19406

  • Media

    200 East State Street
    Suite 205
    Media, PA 19063

  • Paoli

    2 Industrial Boulevard
    Building C, Suite 120
    Paoli, PA 19301

  • Phoenixville

    824 Main Street
    Suite 301
    Phoenixville, PA 19460

  • Pottstown

    20 Sunnybrook Road
    Pottstown, PA 19464

  • The Prostate Center

    211 South Gulph Rd.
    Suite 200
    King of Prussia, PA 19406

  • West Chester

    915 Old Fern Hill Road
    Building B
    West Chester, PA 19380

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