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Robotic (da Vinci) Prostatectomy

Urology Associates, LTD is proud to have been involved in the first robotic prostatectomy performed in Minneapolis. Our partners performed the first robotic surgery at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, and the first case at Abbot Northwestern Hospital. It is our commitment to not only provide safe, minimally invasive options for the treatment of cancer, but also to help lead the way in surgical innovation.

The da Vinci ® Surgical System is powered by robotic technology. The system allows a surgeon’s hand movements to be scaled, filtered and translated into precise movements of instruments within the operation site. The magnified, three-dimensional view enables the surgeon to perform precise surgery through very small surgical incisions. Robotic surgical systems have been successfully used in thousands of prostate cancer procedures world-wide and we believe that the procedure is becoming the new gold-standard for care.

The da Vinci System is not designed to perform surgery on its own, but rather to enhance a physician's ability to perform surgery. Procedures are always performed and monitored by a physician and a surgical team.

If your prostate cancer can be treated with surgery, robotic surgery may be a good option. It has the benefit of leaving smaller scars than traditional surgery, with less pain and a quicker recovery. The robot also may assist with surgery of the kidneys, adrenal glands, and bladder.  Our surgeons at Urology Associates currently offer robotic surgery at North Memorial Medical Center and Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

Potential Benefits of da Vinci Prostatectomy

  • Shorter recovery
  • Minimal blood loss, reduced need for transfusions
  • Enhanced visualization, accuracy 

Watch Doctors Twidwell and Kemberling describe robotic surgery on Showcase Minnesota.