Physicians at Baptist may use minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat a number of urological conditions, including:
In many cases, minimally invasive urological surgeries are performed laparoscopically. For this technique, physicians use a device called a laparoscope, a slender illuminated optical or fiber-optic instrument that is inserted through an incision in the abdominal wall. It is used to visually examine the interior of the peritoneal cavity. Laparoscopic surgery eliminates the need for a long incision in the abdominal muscles, making post-operative care and recovery much easier. Many patients are able to go home the day of surgery.
For certain urological surgeries, physicians may choose to use the daVinci Surgical System,™ technology that enhances the surgeon's ability to perform a number of minimally invasive procedures.
During a procedure, the surgeon operates while seated comfortably at a console in the operating room where he views a 3-D image of the surgical field, while grasping master controls that convey his hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements performed by the robotic surgical instruments inside the patient. The instruments are designed with seven degrees of motion that mimic the dexterity of the human hand and wrist. The surgeon sees the surgical field on a monitor that provides 10x magnification and 3D imagery. This system allows physicians to perform technically demanding procedures with great precision.
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