Robotic Kidney Surgery at Columbia St. Mary’s
The use of robotics for certain kidney surgeries has proven to be advantageous for both surgeons and patients.
Robotic surgery allows surgeons to complete surgical procedures with a precision never before possible. The pencil-thin arms and tiny surgical instruments are capable of moving in a manner not available in traditional laparoscopy, giving surgeons the ability to view and work within the surgical field as never before.
Columbia St. Mary's was the first hospital in the region to utilize the da Vinci® system in 3D with high-definition. The three-dimensional, high-definition views virtually extend the surgeon’s hands and eyes into the surgical field, allowing unparalleled clarity and detail. In addition, the 3D, high-definition viewing capabilities of Columbia St. Mary’s da Vinci System give surgeons a greatly increased ability to clearly differentiate between diseased and non-diseased tissue.
Additional advantages of robotic surgery include:
The kidneys function to remove toxic by-products from our body through the production of urine. One of the most common kidney conditions affecting the kidneys is a blockage in the ureters, the tubes that transport urine from the kidneys to the bladder. The condition can produce kidney stones if untreated and can also lead to chronic pain and kidney damage.
Tumors, whether cancerous or benign, can also affect the kidneys. Tumors can form both in the small tubes inside the kidney that are used to filter blood, and in the center of the kidney where urine collects.
Non-cancerous kidney conditions that involve a blockage can usually be treated by removing it; depending on the type of blockage, surgery may be used. Kidney cancer, on the other hand, is 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.
Kidney surgery is traditionally performed using an open approach, but robotic surgery is now being used for the following conditions for those patients that are candidates.
If your doctor recommends surgery for a kidney condition, you may be a candidate for a robotic surgery. Robotic surgery offers numerous potential benefits over a conventional surgery, including:
As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed for every patient. A discussion between you and your doctor will provide for the best procedure.
Q: Will my insurance cover robotic surgery?
A: The majority of insurance companies pay for this surgery as they would conventional surgery, however there are exceptions. Please consult with your insurance carrier to confirm your coverage.
Q: After the surgery, when will I be able to resume normal
A: Some of the major advantages of this surgery are decreased bleeding and decreased pain which results in a faster and easier recuperation time. Most individuals will be able to resume normal activities within a few days of surgery.
Q: How long can I expect to be off work after the procedure?
A: You should be able to resume normal activities in two weeks. However, this varies by patient and should be discussed with your physician.