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Robotic Surgery for Urologic Cancers

Robotic-Assisted Surgery for Urologic Cancers

Urologic cancers are found in one of five areas: the adrenal glands, the bladder, the kidneys, the prostate, or the testicles. They are among the most common cancers diagnosed today, with an estimated 240,000 new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed per year and 69,000 new cases of bladder cancer diagnosed per year.

At Temple Health Ft. Washington, our board-certified urologists are trained in the treatment of urologic cancers with leading-edge minimally invasive procedures, including robotic-assisted surgery. Because robotic-assisted surgery requires only keyhole-sized incisions, it potentially offers a faster recovery, a reduced risk of infection, and less pain and blood loss.

Though all surgeries are performed at Temple University Hospital, any consultations, pre-surgical appointments and post-surgical follow-up visits can be scheduled with a urologist at Temple Health Ft. Washington.
The board-certified urologists of Temple Health Ft. Washington offer the following robotic-assisted surgeries for urologic cancers:

Robotic-assisted adrenalectomy for adrenal gland cancer

Depending on how far adrenal cancer has progressed, Temple's urologists may recommend removing all or part of the adrenal gland. These procedures are called a radical or partial adrenalectomy, respectively. If one adrenal gland is removed, the remaining gland will function for both. Urologists perform a robotic-assisted adrenalectomy through five keyhole-sized incisions in the abdomen.

Learn more about robotic-assisted adrenalectomy for adrenal gland cancer.

Robotic-assisted cystectomy and bladder reconstruction for bladder cancer

Superficial bladder cancer, is often treated by removing the cancerous part of the bladder. If bladder cancer is invasive, the entire bladder is removed in a procedure called cystectomy. After a cystectomy, the urologic surgeon reconstructs a new bladder using a section of the small intestines. The robotic-assisted approach to these surgeries offers enhanced precision and range of motion, reducing the risk of damage to nearby muscles and nerves.

Learn more about robotic-assisted cystectomy and bladder reconstruction for bladder cancer.

Robotic-assisted partial nephrectomy for kidney cancer

Urologic surgeons treat most kidney cancers by removing the cancerous section of the kidneys and surgically reconstructing the organ. Reconstructed kidneys decrease the risk of long-term kidney failure and function as a back-up if the other kidney is damaged. The partial removal of the cancerous kidney, called robotic-assisted partial nephrectomy, is performed through incisions the size of keyholes. This compares favorably to older methods which required a single incision measuring several inches in length.

Learn more about robotic-assisted partial nephrectomy for kidney cancer.

Robotic-assisted radical nephrectomy for kidney cancer

For the most severe cases of kidney cancer, Temple's urologists may need to completely remove the affected kidney. Using robotic-assisted surgery, the removal of the entire kidney can be performed through tiny incisions the size of keyholes.

Learn more about robotic-assisted radical nephrectomy for kidney cancer.

Robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer

Successfully treating prostate cancers may require the removal of the entire prostate gland. Using robotic-assisted surgery, Temple's urologists perform the procedure through six keyhole-sized incisions in the abdomen.

Learn more about robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer.

Robotic-assisted surgery for Jehovah's Witnesses

Robotic-assisted urologic surgery avoids up to 90% of the blood loss that can occur during traditional surgery. In most cases, this means that blood transfusions are no longer needed. For this reason, Jehovah's witnesses and other patients who cannot receive donated blood are now eligible for a wider range of life-saving urologic surgeries.  

Learn more about bloodless surgery options.

To schedule an appointment with a urologist at Temple Health Ft. Washington, click here or call 215-540-0120.