Urologic Procedures


A prostatectomy removes the prostate. A robotic prostatectomy is performed using the da Vinci® Surgical System. Six incisions, the length of a dime, are made in the patient’s abdomen. Instruments are inserted through the incisions and the surgeon controls the robotic arms from a console in the operating room.

Potential benefits of using the da Vinci® Surgical Robotics system in prostate surgery include:

  • Less postoperative pain
  • Less procedural blood loss
  • A lower risk of wound infection
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Shorter recovery times
  • Greater potential for nerve preservation to maintain erective function
  • Greater potential for postoperative urinary continence


A robotic pyeloplasty corrects the malformation of the junction between the ureter and the kidney known as the renal pelvis. This procedure removes and repairs the obstruction, which, if not corrected would cause irreversible damage to the kidneys. UI physicians use the da Vinci® robotic surgical system to provide better outcomes for their patients.

Last reviewed: 
June 2016

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