Urinary tract reconstruction may be necessary for numerous reasons. Maybe you have a condition that caused damage to your urinary tract, or you might have scarring that has narrowed your urethra. Regardless of the reason, if you need this procedure, you’re likely feeling nervous.
Dr. Alex Lesani is a skilled and thoroughly trained urologist. He specializes in minimally invasive techniques, including robotic surgery. Urinary tract reconstruction can repair bladder dysfunction, damage to your urethra, and can restore your health.
It’s easy to hear “robotic surgery” and assume that a robot performs your procedure, but that’s extremely misleading. Dr. Lesani still does the surgery, but it’s with the assistance of a robot.
Robotic surgery, which is sometimes called robot-assisted surgery, minimally invasive surgery, or laparoscopic surgery, is a technique that has many benefits compared with traditional or conventional surgery. In robotic surgery, the incision is much smaller than if you have conventional surgery, and you’re likely to have more than one small incision.
The advantage of having multiple tiny incisions instead of one big one is that there’s less likelihood of infection. You’ll also probably heal more quickly.
Usually, a camera is inserted through one incision, and the images it captures are projected on a high-definition screen, giving Dr. Lasani a very detailed view of what’s happening. He inserts the necessary tools to perform your procedure through the other incision(s). He controls the tools, which are precise and accurate, through a computer console.
Robotic surgery and urology
Robotic surgery is used in all types of procedures. In urinary tract reconstruction procedures specifically, robotic surgeries “have demonstrated comparable outcomes to open surgery with improved morbidity,” according to one study. In other words, your outcome will be as good as in conventional surgery, and there’s less chance of serious complications.
In addition to lowering morbidity rates, robot-assisted urinary tract reconstruction shortens your hospital stay, involves less blood loss, and leads to an overall shorter procedure.
Robotic surgery isn’t the most appropriate approach for every patient. In some cases, you may be better served by having open surgery. Dr. Lesani treats you as an individual and determines the most appropriate approach to your urinary tract reconstruction based on your specific situation.
Generally speaking, robotic surgery carries fewer risks than open surgery, so if you know that you need to have urinary tract reconstruction and you feel nervous about robotic surgery, you can rest assured that Dr. Lasani will only suggest it when it’s the safest option.
If you’d like to learn more about how robotic surgery works in cases of urinary tract reconstruction, book an appointment today with Dr. Alex Lasani. You can request an appointment online, or simply call our office at 702-470-2579 between 8am and 5pm and we’ll be happy to get you scheduled.
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