MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center offers minimally invasive and robotic surgery techniques, in combination with leading technology, to expertly treat diseased and cancerous kidneys, adrenal glands, prostates, and bladders. Our urologists have advanced training and vast experience in performing minimally invasive laparoscopic, robotic, and endourologic procedures.
Treatments we offer include:
In cryoablation, the urologist freezes the cancerous cells of the renal mass. This technique can preserve the remaining normal kidney and offers the advantages of very small incisions, minimal pain, reduced blood loss, and a shorter hospital stay.
Cystectomy is the partial or total surgical removal the bladder. It is used to treat bladder cancer that has spread into the bladder wall or to treat cancer that has recurred following initial treatment. The surgery is done through an incision made in your lower belly and can sometimes be done using minimally invasive methods.
Dialysis is an artificial way to remove your body's waste and extra fluid. It isn't a perfect replacement for your kidneys or a cure for kidney failure, but it offers hope to many who suffer from the disease. Your blood is filtered through an artificial kidney, called a dialyzer; it leaves your body through an access tube, travels to the dialyzer to be cleansed of impurities, and returns. MedStar Health offers a complete range of renal dialysis services including
- Outpatient and home renal dialysis
- Inpatient renal dialysis
- Inpatient consultation services
- Hypertension clinics
- Peritoneal dialysis
- Support and social work services
Laparoscopic Nephrectomy is a minimally invasive option for patients who need kidney removal as a result of kidney cancer or a non-functioning kidney. Less pain, a faster discharge from the hospital, and smaller scars are among the advantages of this type of procedure.
Neobladder Construction is undertaken after a cystectomy in order to restore the functionality of the removed bladder. To create a neobladder, your physician takes an isolated section of your intestine and reshaped it into a new, replacement bladder. The neobladder is placed into the space in your body previously occupied by the original bladder. One end of the neobladder is attached to your ureters so that urine can drain from your kidneys to your new bladder and the other end of the neobladder is attached to your urethra.
Penile Implant Surgery
Penile implants are prosthetic devices implanted inside the penis that allow men with ED to get an erection. Patients who have failed conservative treatment with pills, suppositories, vacuum devices, or injections, are candidates for penile implant surgery.
- Malleable: semi-rigid rods implanted that keep the penis continually firm but bendable
- Inflatable: inflatable implants that allow you to control when and for how long you have an erection
Robotic surgery is another type of minimally invasive surgery where small incisions are made, allowing for less blood loss, less scarring and faster recovery time. Robotic surgery is very similar to laparoscopic surgery, except the surgeon controls the instruments via robotic control. The surgeon is able to view what is going on inside the body through cameras that are inserted through the incisions.
For robotic-assisted surgeries, we utilize the state-of-the art da Vinci Robotic Surgical System for radical and partial nephrectomies, prostatectomies, and cystectomies.
Robotic surgery is performed by our experts to treat the following conditions:
- Urologic cancers
- Kidney disorders
- Certain forms of urinary tract reconstruction
Prostate Cancer Treatment with CyberKnife®
Prostate Cancer Treatment with CyberKnife® offers a convenient, effective, and minimally invasive alternative. It uses computers and imaging tools to find the exact location of the tumor. The technology tracks the movement of the prostate and the tumor as a patient breathes and as other bodily processes occur. The tool operates with enough precision and accuracy to allow doctors to focus radiation on the tumor itself and not on surrounding healthy tissue.
Learn more about the use of CyberKnife® to treat prostate cancer at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in the video below:
Urinary Diversion replaces the bladder or helps the bladder hold urine by diverting the flow of urine through an opening in the abdominal wall. Urinary diversion is performed by our experts to treat patients whose bladders are non-functional or need to be removed due to cancer or traumatic injury.
Urethroplasty is the surgical repair of an injury or defect within the walls of the urethra, often a urethral stricture. It may involve surgery to remove the involved segment and re-attach the two normal ends. When this type of repair is not possible, tissue can be grafted to augment to widen the affected urethral segment to a normal size.