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Kidney and Bladder Surgery

Kidney and Bladder Surgery at St. Luke’s

Brachytherapy During this procedure, surgeons place radioactive material into a body cavity or tumor to shrink or destroy it. Since the radiation penetrates short distances, the surrounding healthy tissue is not harmed.

Laparoscopic Nephrectomy – The surgical removal of a kidney using a small tube with a camera for viewing inside the body to guide the surgical instruments and to remove the kidney.

Laparoscopic Nephrectomy with Robotics – The surgical removal of a kidney using a laparoscope, a small, flexible tube with a camera for viewing inside the body to guide the surgical instruments and to remove the kidney. This procedure uses robotics to remove the kidney.

Laparoscopic Nephroureterectomy – The removal of the kidney and the ureter, which are the tubes that connect each kidney to the bladder. To do this, the surgeon uses a laparoscope, a small, flexible tube with a camera for viewing inside the body to guide the surgical instruments and to remove the kidney and ureter.

Laparoscopic Orchiectomy with Robotics – The removal of the testicles using a laparoscope, a small, flexible tube with a camera for viewing inside the body to guide the surgical instruments and to remove the testicles.

Prostatectomy, Radical with Robotics – An operation to remove the prostate gland and some of the tissue around it. In this procedure, a surgeon guides robotic arms that hold the surgical tools.

Laparoscopic Robotic Adrenalectomy – The surgical removal of one or both of the adrenal glands using a laparoscope, a small, flexible tube with a camera for viewing inside the body to guide the surgical instruments and to remove the kidney and ureter. In this procedure, a surgeon guides robotic arms that hold the surgical tools.

Laparoscopic Robotic Assisted Lymphadenectomy – Surgery to remove lymph nodes to examine them for endometrial cancer cells. The surgeon uses a laparoscope, a small, flexible tube with a camera for viewing inside the body to guide the surgical instruments. In this procedure, a surgeon guides robotic arms that hold the surgical tools.

Laparoscopic Bladder Suspension Procedure with and without Robotics – A procedure to address incontinence. Bladder suspension is performed laparoscopically through a small incision just above the pubic bone. Sutures are placed near the urethra, affixing the vaginal tissues to the pubic bone in order to suspend or support the bladder, eliminating some of the stress forces that cause the incontinence. In the robotic procedure, a surgeon guides robotic arms that hold the surgical tools.