Minimally invasive da Vinci® robotic surgical procedures are important treatment options for most urologic conditions and cancers. TUCC surgeons lead the region in performing prostate and urologic robotic surgery, having performed more than 2,500 of these procedures since 2006. In 2012, our surgical team performed over 250 robotic prostatectomies.
Our surgeons specialize in all types of robotic urologic surgery including:
The da Vinci system includes a robot and a surgeon console. The robot's four arms are positioned over the patient during surgery. Small robotic instruments move inside the patient’s body to perform delicate surgical maneuvers. The surgeon console is a separate unit that controls the movements of the robot inside the body and gives surgeons a magnified, high-definition and 3-D view of the surgical site. By utilizing robotic technology, a surgeon's hand movements are motion scaled and any hand tremor is filtered resulting in perfectly translated, precise movements of the instruments. At all times, the surgeon is in complete control of the robotic instrument’s movements.
In contrast to conventional surgical methods which require one large 6-10 inch incision, patients undergoing robotic surgeries have several ½ inch (key-hole) incisions through which the surgery is performed. During the surgery, a telescopic camera lens is inserted into one of the small incisions for pristine vision, allowing the surgeon to preserve the nerves, normal tissues and surrounding muscle. The cancerous tissue is then removed from the body through one of the small incisions.
There are many benefits to robotic surgery including shorter hospital stays, quicker recovery times, faster return to normal activity and work, less pain and decreased blood loss. Numerous medical studies have shown that a patient’s surgical outcomes with the robot are equal or superior to traditional open surgical procedures for the same urologic conditions.
Why should you choose TUCC for your robotic surgery?
If you are considering open or robotic urologic surgery with your regular urologist, for your piece of mind, get a second opinion from the most experienced team in the region.
Please consult your urologist at TUCC, call 303.825.TUCC (8822) or click here to request additional information on the robotic surgeries performed by TUCC surgeons.
TUCC performs more robotic surgeries for urologic conditions than any other medical group in the region. Learn more about our robotic prostate cancer surgery expertise from Kelsey Canady, a prostate cancer survivor and TUCC patient featured in the video above.