Urology - The da Vinci System

da Vinci system in OR

The da Vinci Surgical System provides advanced capabilities that allow surgeons to perform complex procedures with greater accuracy through tiny incisions. Robotic-assisted surgery allows surgeons to perform a wide range of urologic procedures through 1 to 2 centimeter incisions, from kidney removal to removing part, or all, of the prostate gland, while achieving equal, or better, clinical outcomes.

Advantages of da Vinci Prostatectomy

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less blood loss and transfusions
  • Less scarring
  • Faster recovery
  • Quicker return to normal activities
  • Lower incidence of impotence and urinary incontinence
  • Potential for better cancer control

Robotic procedures actively performed at Charleston Area Medical Center

  • Adrenalectomy: Removing the adrenal gland. 
  • Cystectomy: Removing the bladder and adjacent structures. 
  • Neobladder: Creation of a new bladder using the robotic procedure. 
  • Nephrectomy: Removing the kidney. 
  • Partial Nephrectomy: Removing a concerning portion of the kidney. 
  • Pelvic Lymph Node Dissection: Removing lymph nodes in the pelvis. 
  • Prostatectomy: Removing the prostate gland. 
  • Pyeloplasty: Reconstructing part of the kidney so urine can freely flow into the bladder. 
  • Ureterolysis: Freeing up the ureter from adjacent adhesions.