The urologic surgeons at TriHealth have performed over 4,000 robotic-assisted procedures. This experience has led to expertise in treating both cancerous and non-cancerous conditions. In fact, TriHealth is the only option in Greater Cincinnati for the robotic-assisted surgical treatment of bladder cancer. Combined with the most advanced robotic technology, the surgeons at TriHealth will work with you to develop the best possible treatment plan.
The traditional method to treat problems that affect male reproductive organs is through surgery that requires large incisions to access the pelvic organs. Common drawbacks of this procedure include significant post-surgical pain, a lengthy recovery and an unpredictable, potentially long-term impact on continence and sexual function.
Robotic-assisted urologic surgery is less invasive, allowing the surgeon to work through several keyhole incisions. The robotic arms of the da Vinci Surgical System operate within these ports, with the surgeon in full control of his or her actions throughout the procedure.
Less invasive, robotic technology does not compromise the surgeon's ability to complete difficult urologic procedures. Rather, it allows the surgeon to perform a more precise operation.
The best example of this is the robotic radical prostatectomy – the most common form of the procedure performed in the world. When performing prostatectomy with robotic assistance, the surgeon has a high dexterity and visualization that can help spare the delicate nerves that surround the prostate gland.
Prostate cancer forms in the tissue of the prostate gland. There are typically no symptoms associated with prostate cancer, unless it spreads to areas outside of the prostate. While each patient is different, surgical removal of the prostate, called a radical prostatectomy, is a common method of treatment.
The most common surgical approach to treating prostate cancer is to remove the prostate with robotic-assisted technology. This advanced technology allows the surgeon to perform a minimally-invasive procedure with unparalleled 3-dimensional vision of the operating field. The surgeon maintains complete control of tiny instruments, directing precise movements that greatly increase the likelihood of a successful procedure.
The surgeons at TriHealth are experts in the treatment of both cancerous and non-cancerous bladder conditions. Bladder cancer is the growth of a malignant tumor within the bladder. The cause of cancer is not always known, however, certain factors may contribute to its development (cigarette smoking, exposure to radiation, and consumption of high doses of the artificial sweetener saccharin).
The most common procedure performed on the bladder is meant to treat bladder cancer. All or part of the bladder is removed, called a cystectomy, and may include the removal of nearby lymph nodes and organs that contain the cancer. TriHealth surgeons can use robotic-assisted technology to perform the procedure, often resulting in better surgical outcomes. During the procedure, the surgeon will create a new path for urine to flow through and exit the body. All of this can be done minimally-invasive without the need for large incisions.
The Surgeons at TriHealth have performed >550 robotic-assisted kidney/ureter procedures. In addition to being a leader in treating kidney/ureter diseases, TriHealth is also the only adult health system in Greater Cincinnati with the most advanced robotic-assisted surgical technology, the Xi. The Xi enhances the ability of the surgeon to perform complex robotic-assisted procedures, including kidney/ureter procedures.
The ureter, kidney, and bladder all contain a tissue called transitional epithelium. When this tissue becomes cancerous, the goal of treatment is to eliminate the cancerous cells. One method of eliminating the cancerous cells is surgery. During the procedure, the surgeon will remove the affected ureter and part of the kidney, called a nephroureterectomy.
During the removal of the affected ureter and part of the kidney (nephroureterectomy), the surgeon will use 3-4 small incisions in the side of the abdomen. Through those incisions, the surgeon will remove the cancerous tissue and reconnect the remaining ureter to the kidney.
Non-cancerous kidney conditions can usually be treated by removing the blockages that cause them. Depending on the type of blockage, this may require surgery, called a pyeloplasty.
Cancerous kidney conditions are relatively resistant to radiation and chemotherapy. As a result, the gold standard treatment for localized kidney cancer is removal of the kidney or kidney tumors, called a nephrectomy.
In the past, kidney surgery traditionally was performed using an open approach, which required a large abdominal incision. Another approach, conventional laparoscopy, is less invasive but limits the doctor’s dexterity, visualization and control when compared to open surgery. Robotic-assisted combines the benefits of both approaches, giving the surgeon superior visualization and dexterity, while remaining minimally-invasive.
The adrenal glands sit just above the kidneys and are part of the endocrine system. If the adrenal gland is found to be cancerous or have a growth that might be cancer, surgery to remove the gland might be necessary. In addition to cancer or unknown growths, the adrenal gland can cause Cushing or Conn syndrome, which also might result in surgical treatment.
The removal of one or both of the adrenal glands is a delicate procedure. The surgeons at TriHealth have extensive experience in removing adrenal glands and will work with you to determine the best surgical approach. One option includes robotic-assisted, which may lead to improved outcomes like less pain, less scarring, and faster return to normal activity.