Minimally Invasive Solutions for Cancer and Kidney Stone Treatment
At University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, kidney stones and prostate cancer can now be treated with less invasive surgery. The urologists at the Center for Minimally Invasive and Robot-Assisted Surgery at UH Parma Medical Center treat many of these diseases through minimally invasive or robot-assisted surgery.
Laparoscopic Surgery with Minimal Incisions
Laparoscopy is surgery performed through several tiny keyhole incisions. A laparoscope is inserted through one incision to view the inside of the abdomen and surgical instruments are inserted through the other incisions.
Robot-Assisted Surgery for Advanced Range of Motion
With robot-assisted surgery, the surgeon utilizes instruments with nearly 360-degree range of motion, a 3-D magnified image of the surgical area and hand controls that filter out any unintended movement. Our surgical team often uses the daVinci® Si™ Surgical System for a minimally invasive approach to surgical procedures. This system is designed to mimic the surgeon’s natural hand movement, while operating in a smaller area and in more detail than can be done with traditional open surgery.
Minimally Invasive Treatment Options for Cancer and Reconstruction Surgeries
Utilizing laparoscopic or robot-assisted surgery, UH Parma Medical Center surgeons can effectively treat cancers that occur in the kidney, ureter, adrenal gland and prostate. In addition, laparoscopic or robot-assisted surgery can often be used for more intricate dissection or reconstruction surgery for the kidney, ureter and bladder.
Stone Removal with Minimally Invasive Options
Minimally invasive surgery works well for stone removal using:
- Shock wave lithotripsy to break up stones formed in the kidney and ureter
- Ureteroscopy, where a very thin instrument is utilized to identify and remove stones from the kidney and ureter
- Percutaneous nephrolithotomy, where a stone is located and removed with a nephroscope through the patient’s back