The goal of any surgery is to treat the problem and sometimes a robotic procedure is the best course of action. At MedStar Health, our skilled surgeons are leading the way in robotic surgeries. Trained extensively with the latest generation of robotic surgery systems, we are applying the procedure to more and more specialties.

The types of robotic surgery offered by MedStar Health include:

The da Vinci® surgical robot system makes this innovative offering a possibility. Learn more about some of our specialized robotic surgery procedures:

Robotic-Assisted Cystectomy (RARC)

Robotic cystectomy is simply a minimally invasive surgical method for bladder cancer. This procedure offers bladder cancer patients the prospect of a more effective surgery and less problematic post-surgical recovery. Using this method, the surgeon is able to make smaller incisions which spare vital, but delicate, nerve and muscle tissue. The patient experiences a shorter hospital stay, fewer complications, and a faster recovery time.

Similar to a standard laparoscopic cystectomy, the robotic-assisted cystectomy may require a urinary diversion with subsequent reconstruction for the removed bladder. For men and women alike, such reconstruction would include a continence reservoir which holds urine in the abdominal cavity until the patient has been fitted with a catheter to empty urine or a bladder replacement and an external bag for urine collection.

By offering the surgeon, urologist or oncologist a high-definition 3-D view, the da Vinci surgical robot distinguishes the vital muscles and delicate nerve tissues surrounding the operative area, providing the opportunity to preserve them. The robot's unique Endowrist instruments offer physicians the dexterity not available to them when using conventional laparoscopic instruments. By taking advantage of the da Vinci robot, surgeons are able to dissect and reconstruct the bladder with relative ease.

Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Pyeloplasty

Robotic-assisted laparoscopic pyeloplasty is a surgery that repairs congenital or acquired narrowing or scarring where the ureter, the tube that drains urine from the kidney to the bladder, attaches to the kidney. It is used to treat ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction, a condition where a blockage occurs at the junction where the pelvis and ureter meet.

Over time, obstruction of urine drainage from the kidney by a UPJ obstruction can result in abdominal and flank pain, nausea and vomiting, kidney stones, urinary tract infection, high blood pressure, and even deterioration of kidney function. During pyeloplasty, this obstruction is removed, and the normal parts of the kidney and ureter are sewn back together.

This is a minimally-invasive procedure that is as safe and effective as open surgery pyeloplasty, while providing the patient with less post-operative pain, a shorter hospital stay, earlier return to work and daily activities, and smaller incisions.

Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)

Robotic surgery for thoracic conditions is a new and exciting field. Until recently, surgeons used open surgical techniques to treat all thoracic conditions, which meant opening the chest and splitting the breastbone.

Now, surgeons can perform a variety of chest surgeries using a video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), which uses smaller incisions, leading to a faster, easier recovery, and less risk of infection. The robot's enhanced visualization leads to a more precise surgery than an open approach.

During this procedure, your surgeon uses a video camera to get an enhanced view of the structures inside the chest. Surgeons also use robotic VATS for lobectomy and lymph node dissection as a way to stage lung cancer and determine whether or not it has spread throughout the body.

Traditional VATS and robotic VATS are both minimally-invasive procedures, however the benefits of a robotic VATS procedure over traditional VATS include:

  • Superior visualization. A regular VATS monitor is 2-D. A robotic VATS enables your surgeon to see the operating field in 3-D, providing critical depth perception.
  • Precise dissection. Your surgeon can see the affected area much more clearly. The superior dexterity of the robotic instruments allows for a more precise dissection of the lymph nodes.
  • Reduced risk of infection and faster recovery. Since your surgeon did not open your chest, there are fewer traumas to your body. This lowers your chances of infection and speeds your recovery.

Learn more about robotic surgery at MedStar Franklin Square:

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MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
9000 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237

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