Urology is a branch of medicine concerned with the function and disorders of the urinary system including the bladder, urethra and kidneys in both men and women as well as the male reproductive system.
Urology conditions can include:
- Bladder Cancer
- Chronic or recurring urinary tract infections
- Interstitial cystitis (painful bladder)
- Kidney Caner
- Kidney Stones
- Penile Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Prostatitis and enlarged prostate
- Sexual dysfunction
- Testicular Cancer
- Urinary incontinence or overactive bladder
Many of these conditions are originally recognized through changes in urinary habits (frequency, discoloration), function (inability to urinate, erectile dysfunction) or pain found in the region. Should you notice any changed in your normal routine, please schedule and appointment with your physician to discuss your symptoms and undergo testing.
A variety of tests are used to diagnose urinary conditions. Some tests that your physician may perform to diagnose any possible conditions may include:
- Computed Tomography (CT) scan
- Cystogram (X-ray of the bladder)
- Cystoscopy (views the urinary tract through a small scope)
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan
- Urine tests
- Urodynamic tests (measure the pressure and volume inside the bladder)
Once diagnosed, your physician will discuss treatment options for your conditions ranging from medications to surgery. If you are facing a urological condition that does require surgery, your physician may recommend open surgery, performed through one large incision or minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, generally performed through several smaller incisions. The benefits and risks of both surgical options should be discussed in order for you to make an informed decision about your treatment.
Robotic Urology Surgery
If laparoscopic surgery is an option for treatment, robotic-assisted surgery might be an option for treatment. Robotics have revolutionized urological surgery, where the surgical site is often confined to a small area with nerves running through or very near the surgical site that control urination and sexual function. This delicate area requires the utmost precision and control from your surgeon to perform your procedure. The DaVinci Surgical System offers unprecedented assistance to your surgeon as he/she navigates your surgical site. This technology offers 3D, high-definition vision into the surgical site as well as special instruments that bend and rotate even father than the human hand. Your surgeon is in full control of the robot the entire time and utilizes its tools for increased dexterity and vision. Robotic surgery has changed the way we see urologic surgery, from start to finish.
Some of the benefits of robotic urology surgery include:
- Faster recovery time
- Lower risk of infection
- Less pain
- Less scarring
- Shorter hospital stay