• Laparoscopic Procedures Offered

    Surgeons at the Center for Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery are experienced in performing each of the following techniques through both traditional and robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery:

    • Varicocelectomy: technique to treat the dilated veins in the scrotum, which can cause infertility in the patient.
    • Adrenalectomy: removal of the adrenal gland in patients with a benign (i.e., adenoma, pheochromocytoma) or malignant (i.e., cancer, metastases) enlargement of the gland.
    • Renal Cyst Marsupialization: technique to treat problematic renal cysts.
    • Nephrectomy: kidney removal technique used in cases of non-functional kidney caused by benign diseases.
    • Nephropexy: technique to secure the kidney in its proper location in patients suffering from symptoms of an abnormal mobile kidney.
    • Live Donor Nephrectomy: technique of harvesting a kidney for transplantation that adequately maintains the health and quality of the kidney.
    • Radical Nephrectomy: removal of the whole kidney, including the Gerota's fascia and regional lymph nodes, in a tumor-bearing kidney.
    • Partial Nephrectomy: technique used to remove a renal tumor while preserving the kidney.
    • Nephroureterectomy: removal of the kidney, ureter, and bladder cuff in cases of tumors of the renal pelvis and/or ureter.
    • Pyeloplasty: technique used to repair or reconstruct the connection between the ureter and the renal pelvis in cases of a blockage of the kidney to improve drainage of the kidney down toward the bladder; it is also sometimes an alternative approach in patients with "horseshoe kidneys" and drainage problems.
    • Ureterolithotomy: surgical approach to removing ureteral stones 2 cm and larger.
    • Ureterolysis: technique used to mobilize one or both ureters that are obstructed due to retroperitoneal fibrosis, which is usually caused by inflammatory reactions; the procedure includes repositioning of the ureters to prevent a recurrence.
    • Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection (RPLND): the removal of retroperitoneal lymph nodes in patients with testicular cancer in clinical stage I or IIA/B.
    • Pelvic Lymph Node Dissection: removal of the regional lymph nodes of the prostate or bladder in patients with high risk prostate or bladder cancer.
    • Radical Prostatectomy: removal of the prostate gland and seminal vesicles in patients with prostate cancer; depending on individual circumstances, this procedure can be done with preservation of one or both of the nerves that are responsible for erectile function.
    • Radical Cystectomy with Urinary Diversion: removal of the bladder in patients with bladder cancer and the creation of a bladder replacement; this includes the construction of a continent (i.e., neobladder, rectum-sigma-pouch) or incontinent (i.e., ileal loop) urinary diversion.


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