Urological Surgery in New Orleans

Urological procedures facilitated by the da Vinci system

Urology is the study of functions and disorders of the urinary-tract system. Thanks to modern advancements in technology and the medical field, urological surgeries can often be performed with the assistance of the da Vinci system.

At Touro, our physicians perform a number of urological procedures with the da Vinci Surgical System, including: Older African American man smiling

  • Radical Prostatectomy: A surgery done to remove all of the prostate gland and some of the tissue around it to treat prostate cancer.
  • Radical Prostatectomy with Pelvic Lymphadenectomy: Radical prostatectomy with pelvic lymphadenectomy is a procedure used to remove lymph nodes in the pelvis for examination under a microscope to see if they contain cancer.
  • Partial Nephrectomy: The removal of part of the damaged kidney.
  • Radical Nephrectomy: The removal of one entire kidney, the surrounding lymph nodes, and the adrenal gland.
  • Nephroureterectomy: A minimally invasive surgical procedure done to remove the renal pelvis, kidney and entire ureter, along with the bladder cuff, in an attempt to provide the greatest likelihood of survival.
  • Renal Cyst Ablation: The removal of symptomatic kidney cysts for patients that experience flank pain, abdominal pain or have an obstructed kidney due to kidney cysts while preserving the remainder of the kidney.
  • Pyeloplasty: The removal of the blockage in the urinary system. During surgery, the surgeon will reattach the healthy part of the kidney to the healthy part of the ureter – the narrow tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder.
  • Adrenalectomy: The removal of one adrenal gland (unilateral adrenalectomy), the removal of both adrenal glands (bilateral adrenalectomy), or partial removal of one or both adrenal glands.
  • Complex Radical Prostatectomy (>100 g): A surgery to remove all of the prostate gland and some of the tissue around it, to treat prostate cancer and the prostate gland is larger than 100 grams.
  • Radical Cystectomy with Ileal Conduit: The removal of the whole bladder and then, by using a small segment of the small intestine, the surgeon will create an artificial opening on the surface of the skin for urine to pass outside the body into a collecting pouch attached to the skin.
  • Radical Cystectomy with Neobladder: The removal of the whole bladder and then, by using the intestinal tract, a "new" bladder is formed.
  • Ureteral Reimplantation: A surgery to create a new, longer tunnel for the ureter to pass through the bladder wall.
  • Ureterolithotomy: A procedure used to remove stones from the ureter.
  • Sacral Colpopexy: A procedure to surgically correct vaginal prolapse where mesh is used to hold the vagina in the correct anatomical position.

Da Vinci surgery is also the top treatment choice for prostate cancer today. Compared to radiation treatment, prostatectomy offers men with localized prostate cancer improved survival rates. The da Vinci system helps improve the prostatectomy procedure and reduce blood loss, minimize pain, and speed up recovery time.