Robotic Surgery Specialist

San Fernando Valley Urological Associates

Urologists located in Tarzana, CA & West Hills, CA

Thanks to the invention of robotic surgery, it’s relatively easy to treat urologic problems without large incisions. Robotic surgery is quick and convenient, presents fewer risks than traditional open surgery, and boasts speedier recoveries. At San Fernando Valley Urological Associates, the team of expert urologists regularly uses robotic surgery. To make an appointment at the practice in Tarzana or West Hills, California, call the nearest office today or schedule online.

Robotic Surgery Q&A

What is robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery uses specialized tools and electronics to do complex urologic procedures with more precision, flexibility, and control than traditional open techniques. Specifically, it uses a clinical robotic surgical system. The system features a camera and mechanical arms with various instruments attached to them. The team specifically uses the Da Vinci unit from Intuitive, which is a leader around the globe in regards to robotics.  

Your surgeon, who is fellowship-trained in robotic urologic surgery, controls the robot’s arms through a digital console in the operating suite. Throughout your operation, the camera provides a high-definition, magnified view of the surgical site, allowing your provider to make the necessary corrections.

What are the advantages of robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery, when performed by a skilled surgeon like those at San Fernando Valley Urological Associates, offers many advantages compared with traditional open techniques, including:

  • Fewer complications
  • Less pain and blood loss
  • Smaller, less noticeable scars
  • Quicker recovery
  • More successful outcomes

What’s more, robotic surgery provides the surgeon with better precision and control. That means you spend less time under the knife, and your results are usually better than with open surgery.

What are some common types of robotic surgery?

At San Fernando Valley Urological Associates, the team uses robotic surgery to treat various urologic problems. Some of the procedures the team does include:

  • Laparoscopic and robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy (complete prostate removal)
  • Radical nephrectomy (complete kidney removal)
  • Partial nephrectomy (partial kidney removal)
  • Nephroureterctomy (removal of a kidney and its ureter)
  • Cystectomy (removal of part or all of the bladder)
  • Pyeloplasty (treats ureteropelvic conjunction obstruction)
  • Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection
  • Varicocelectomy

The urologic surgery that will most benefit you depends on your age, medical history, and the medical condition being treated.

What is recovery like following robotic surgery?

Following robotic surgery, you’ll need to spend a night or two in the hospital. Closely follow your surgeon’s recovery instructions. Take all medication as prescribed, drink plenty of fluids, and attend all follow-up appointments. Depending on the kind of robotic surgery you undergo, physical therapy might also be a part of your recovery. A majority of patients resume normal activities by two weeks.  

Is robotic surgery right for me?

To determine if you’re a candidate for robotic surgery, your San Fernando Valley Urological Associates provider does a physical exam, reviews your medical history including labs and imaging.

To see if you qualify for robotic surgery, make an appointment with the experts at San Fernando Valley Urological Associates by calling the office today or scheduling online.