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The VUI & Robotic Surgery

The Vattikuti Urology Institute is considered a pioneering institute in what has been called a “medical revolution”: the use of robotics for the surgical removal of the prostate and other urological procedures. There is lesser trauma and pain, shorter hospital stays, and minor scarring for the patient undergoing minimally invasive robotic surgery.
Robotic Surgeons at the VUI are equipped with two 60" by 80" 3-D projection screens in their operating rooms. The entire surgical team wears 3-D glasses inside the OR, and thus get the same three dimensional experience which increases surgical precision; the surgeon can easily find and preserve delicate nerves and muscle that surround tissues. Minimally invasive robotic surgery at the VUI is done using a computer enhanced system called the da Vinci Surgical System. VUI's surgeons have developed and practice a variety of minimally invasive procedures utilizing robots. These surgeries include:

  • "Vattikuti Institute Prostatectomy": Minimally invasive robotic prostatectomy developed by the institute’s surgeons. An estimated 30,000 VIPs, with minor variations, were performed worldwide in 2007.
  • Robotic Partial Nephrectomy: Robotic surgery to remove a kidney tumor while preserving the remaining kidney (also called renal-sparing surgery).
  • Robotic Radical Nephrectomy: Robotic surgery to remove the entire kidney for large tumors or disease.
  • Robotic Pyeloplasty: Repair of the blockage in the area where the ureter attaches to the kidney.
  • Robotic Nephroureterectomy: Removal of the kidney and ureter for transitional cell carcinoma involving the kidney or ureter.
  • Robotic Pyelolithotomy: Removal of large kidney stones that fail treatment by other methods
  • Robotic Renal Cyst Decortication: Removal of kidney cysts that sometimes cause pain or high blood pressure.

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