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Robotic Surgery

Why choose HackensackUMC?

The urologists at Hackensack University Medical Center are pioneers in the field of minimally invasive robotic surgery for urological conditions. Known both nationally and worldwide for excellence in robotic surgery, our surgeons have been performing these procedures for over a decade.

Our urologists use robotic technology for a wide range of urological conditions in men and women. In fact, over 90 percent of the major urological procedures done at HackensackUMC are performed using this state-of-the-art technology. The precision of robotic technology is ideal for delicate and complex urological surgeries, allowing surgeons to perform complicated procedures while avoiding damage to surrounding structures such as fragile nerves.

The surgeons at HackensackUMC have helped develop some of this specialty’s most successful procedures, including robotic partial nephrectomy, robotic prostatectomy and complex robotic urinary reconstruction. Our surgeons teach these techniques to physicians from around the world. Our physicians have the expertise to treat both benign and cancerous conditions affecting the kidneys, bladder, pelvic organs, prostate and urinary tract.

Robotic-Assisted Surgery

For over a decade, our surgeons have been using robotic-assisted surgery to treat patients with even the most complex urological conditions.

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What is robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery during which doctors use very small surgical instruments that fit into a patient’s body through incisions that are less than a half-inch long. These instruments are mounted on three robotic arms, giving the surgeon maximum range and precision of motion during the surgery. A fourth arm holds a high-definition, three-dimensional camera that magnifies images from inside the body up to 10 times.

Robotic Surgery Teachers

Each year surgeons travel from around the world to learn robotic techniques for urological surgery from our team of surgeons.

What are the benefits of robotic surgery?

The precision of robotic surgery allows physicians to perform complex procedures through very small incisions, avoiding the complications and longer healing time associated with traditional open surgery. Specifically, the advantages of robotic surgery may include:

  • Smaller incisions and less tissue damage
  • Increased precision for complex surgeries
  • Decreased blood loss (and reduced need for transfusions)
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less pain after surgery
  • Smaller scars, both external and internal
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery and return to normal activities

Conditions We Treat

Our surgeons have pioneered many of the robotic surgical techniques used to manage urological conditions, and we have some of the best outcomes in the country. We treat cancerous conditions of the kidney, bladder, prostate, ureter, teste and adrenal system.

Cystectomy or partial cystectomy. Cystectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the entire bladder. A partial cystectomy is a surgical procedure to remove part of the bladder.

Kidney stone removal. Robotic-assisted kidney stone surgery is most often performed in people who were born with a kidney drainage problem, called ureteropelvic junction obstruction. This condition causes stones within the affected kidney. Your doctor may also recommend robotic-assisted surgery to remove complicated stones that cannot be successfully removed using other surgical methods.

Partial nephrectomy. This organ-sparing surgery removes only the affected portion of a cancerous kidney.

Prostatectomy. Removal of part or all of a prostate gland found to contain prostate cancer. Our surgeons are experts in nerve-sparing techniques that preserve sexual function.

Pyeloplasty. Repair of an abnormality of the kidney and nearby ureter, which is a tube that leads from the kidney to the bladder. Our surgeons are the most experienced in the nation with this procedure.

Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND). An advanced procedure to remove the lymph nodes at the back of the abdomen. This procedure is used to treat testicular cancer that has spread and to establish the exact stage of the cancer.

Ureterolysis. A procedure in which the ureter is freed from surrounding fibrous tissue.

Ureteral reconstruction. These complex robotic procedures repair blockages of the ureter, a tube that connects the bladder and kidneys.

Prolapse repair. Reconstructive surgery to help lift your pelvic floor. Our urologists perform expert, state-of-the-art reconstructive surgery using mesh or other materials to provide support to your uterus, bladder or rectum.



Physicians in this Specialty

MUTAHAR AHMED, M.D.


ROBERT CARUSO, M.D.


THOMAS CHRISTIANO, M.D.


MICHAEL DEGEN, M.D.


MICHAEL ESPOSITO, M.D.


VINCENT LANTERI, M.D.


STEVE LEBOVITCH, M.D.


GREGORY LOVALLO, M.D.


DANIEL LOWE, M.D.


VENKATA MARELLA, M.D.


RAVI MUNVER, M.D.


SERGEY ROME, M.D.


JAY ROSEN, M.D.


MATTHEW SHAHBANDI, M.D.


JEFFREY STOCK, M.D.


RICHARD WATSON, M.D.


CHRISTOPHER WRIGHT, M.D.




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Call 551-996-8090

 


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