Surgical Options for Treatment
The treatment of urologic cancers requires experience, expertise and the resources of a major academic medical center. At the Comprehensive Cancer Center, our patients have the advantage of having a wide range of surgical options that our team of urologic specialists performs on a regular basis. These include:
- Robotic-Assisted Surgery
We offer minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery for cancers of the prostate and kidney and are one of a few centers in the country also offering the procedure for bladder cancer. One of our faculty members helped establish national protocols for these procedures.
During robotic-assisted surgery, surgeons make small incisions in the patient’s abdomen through which a camera and robotic instruments are inserted. The surgeon sits at a console away from the patient and controls 4 instruments using finger and hand movements. The tiny centimeter-sized instruments eliminate the need for the 6- to 8-inch incision required with traditional surgery. The camera gives the surgeon a 3-dimensional view inside the patient’s body with a magnification of 10- to 15-fold.
- Endoscopic Surgery
Endoscopy is a way of looking inside the body using a flexible tube that has a small camera on the end of it. This instrument is called an endoscope. This type of surgery is known as minimally invasive, which means the surgeon makes a smaller incision, resulting in faster recovery, reduced risk of infection and less pain. Endoscopic treatments cover a wide range of urologic cancers. Your surgeons will decide on the best possible surgical treatment based on many things about the type, size and location of the tumor.
- Natural Opening Surgery
Our surgeons take advantage of the access that natural openings within the body provide. By avoiding an outside incision, your surgeon can reduce risk of infection and increase healing time.
- Traditional, Open Surgery
The majority of the time, our surgeons would prefer to perform minimally invasive surgeries. However, there are times when tumors are inaccessible through small incisions. Our surgeons are experienced at managing the complexities of a traditional, open surgery and have excellent success rates in doing so in the treatment of urologic cancers.
Learn more about your surgical options for the following cancers: