Robot-assisted surgery: applications in urology
Mathew C Raynor, Raj S Pruthi
Division of Urologic Surgery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Abstract: The past decade has seen a dramatic shift in the surgical management of certain urologic conditions with the advent of a robotic surgical platform. In fact, the surgical management of prostate cancer has seen the most dramatic shift, with the majority of cases now being performed robotically. Technical refinements over the years have led to improved outcomes regarding oncologic and functional results. Recently, robotic surgery has also been utilized for the surgical management of bladder cancer, renal cancer, and other benign conditions. As further experience is gained and longer-term outcomes are realized, robotic surgery will likely play an increasing role in the surgical management of many urologic conditions.
Keywords: robot-assisted surgery, robotic surgery, cystectomy, prostatectomy, partial nephrectomy