Home > Procedures > Inpatient Surgical Procedures > da Vinci Robotic & Laparoscopic Min Invasive Surgery


da Vinci® Robotic & Laparoscopic Minimally Invasive Surgery

Here at Specialized Urologic Consultants we perform prostatectomies and kidney surgeries using the da Vinci® Surgical System.

Robotic Prostatectomy

A minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgical procedure for the removal of the cancerous prostate gland and related structures following early diagnosis of prostate cancer. Also referred to as robotic surgery for prostate cancer or robotic prostatectomy.

Studies suggest that da Vinci Prostatectomy may be the most effective, least invasive prostate surgery performed today.1 The potential benefits of the da Vinci Prostatectomy are:

Effective Cancer Control

Studies have shown that experienced surgeons have achieved excellent results in removing prostate cancer without leaving cancer cells behind.

Improved and Early Return of Sexual Function

Studies have shown that most patients have a rapid return of sexual function.

Improved and Early Return of Continence

Studies have shown that most patients have a rapid return of urinary continence.

Improved Results Over Traditional Treatments

Patients may benefit from surgical treatment of localized prostate cancer, the established gold standard, as compared to radiation. Surgery has a higher and longer survival rate than radiation or other treatments. Surgery also has a lower risk of long-term complications than radiation treatments.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

The da Vinci System enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.


Though any diagnosis of cancer can be traumatic, the good news is that if your doctor recommends prostate surgery, the cancer was probably caught early. And, with da Vinci Prostatectomy, the likelihood of a complete recovery from prostate cancer without long-term side effects is, for most patients, better than it has ever been.

da Vinci Prostatectomy is performed with the assistance of the da Vinci Surgical System – the latest evolution in robotics technology. The da Vinci Surgical System enables surgeons to operate with unmatched precision and control using only a few small incisions. Recent studies suggest that da VinciProstatectomy may offer improved cancer control and a faster return to potency and continence.1 da Vinci Prostatectomy also offers these potential benefits:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Less scarring
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • And a faster return to normal daily activities



If you are a candidate for prostate surgery, talk to a surgeon who performs da Vinci Prostatectomy.

More information on da Vinci Prostatectomy

1. Most effective minimally invasive surgery in terms of cancer control, potency and continence, cancer control being defined in part by margin rates and PSA test scores. The following studies provide support for da Vinci Prostatectomy's effectiveness in these three areas:

Ahlering TE, Woo D, Eichel L, Lee DI, Edwards R, Skarecky DW. Robot-assisted versus open radical prostatectomy: a comparison of one surgeon's outcomes. Urology. 2004 May;63(5):819-22.


Menon M, Tewari A, Peabody JO, Shrivastava A, Kaul S, Bhandari A, Hemal AK. Vattikuti Institute prostatectomy, a technique of robotic radical prostatectomy for management of localized carcinoma of the prostate: experience of over 1100 cases. Urol Clin North Am. 2004 Nov;31(4):701-17.

Tewari A, Srivasatava A, Menon M; Members of the VIP Team. A prospective comparison of radical retropubic and robot-assisted prostatectomy: experience in one institution. BJU Int. 2003 Aug;92(3):205-10.


While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci® System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.

For additional information on minimally invasive surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System visit www.davincisurgery.com


Laparoscopic & Robotic-Assisted Kidney Surgery

For patients with kidney tumors, ureteropelvic junction obstruction, or non-functional kidneys, laparoscopic or robotic-assisted laparoscopic procedures are often performed.

During these procedures, the patient is placed under general anesthesia and then placed on their side on the operating room table. Once in position and prepped, access to the abdomen is created either with a special needle or under direct vision with a small incision and once in the abdomen, the abdominal cavity is filled with carbon dioxide gas (pneumoperitoneum) to create working space for the surgical instruments and to help prevent bleeding.



Once the abdomen is filled with gas, a scope is placed into the abdomen and additional access ports, or trocars, are placed to allow for placement of the surgical instruments. If the robot is going to be utilized, it is now brought in and attached to the trocars. Some cases utilize a hand-assisted technique where a small jelly disk is placed on the abdominal wall to allow placement of one of the surgeon’s hands in to the abdomen.


Once the planned surgical procedure is completed, the trocars are removed and incisions are closed. Most laparoscopic or robotic-assisted kidney surgery include a one or two night hospital stay.

The preparation for laparoscopic/robotic kidney surgery includes a clear liquid diet the day prior to surgery and a gentle bowel prep to remove stool from the colon, which overlies the kidney.

For more information, visit the following links: