Robotic kidney surgery is a minimally invasive type of surgery in which your incisions are about the size of a buttonhole. Your surgeon will use these tiny incisions to access virtually any part of your urinary system to perform necessary repairs.

In robotic kidney surgery, your surgeon sits at a surgical console, placing their hands on specialised controllers as they view the surgery site on a high-definition monitor. The controllers relay every movement directly to surgical instruments within the robotic arms in the patient cart by your side.

The robotic arms are 100% under the control of your surgeon at every moment of your surgery. The robotic arms act as an extension of your surgeon’s own hands, adding far more flexibility and more precision than human hands can manage.

Your surgeon still performs the robotic kidney surgery. It’s simply a more efficient way to perform highly technical surgeries with less damage to the patient.

Robotic kidney surgery has many advantages, such as :

Precision: More precision than traditional open surgery
Infection risk: Greatly reduced infection risk due to small incision size
Recovery: Faster recovery than with open (traditional) surgery
Healing: Fast healing because of reduced bleeding, swelling, and bruising
Shorter hospital stay: Many robotic surgeries are even outpatient
Another significant advantage of robotic surgery is that it can precisely remove damaged tissue, like prostate cancer, without impairing continence or sexual function long-term. For many serious urologic conditions that were previously treated with complicated open surgeries, robotic surgery is now the best answer.

Many urological surgeries can be performed robotically today, including:

Prostatectomy: Partial or total prostate gland removal
Nephrectomy: Removal of one or both kidneys
Cyst removal: Kidney cyst removal
Cystectomy: Removal of part or all of the bladder
Pyeloplasty: Renal pelvic reconstruction
Ureteral implantation: Repair of the ureters, the tubes connecting your bladder and kidneys
Other types of urologic surgery might also be done robotically, based on the situation and a patient’s needs.

If you would like to learn more about how robotic surgery can help resolve your urological conditions, please call us on 0161 327 1269 or email us at Visit our kidney clinic page here.

This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.