What is a robotic laparoscopic pyeloplasty?
A robotic laparoscopic pyeloplasty is a minimally invasive surgical procedure for correcting a kidney ureteropelvic junction obstruction. The procedure utilizes a robotic system to assist in the manipulation of the laparoscopic instruments.
When is this procedure used?
Robotic laparoscopic pyeloplasty is suitable for patients with ureteropelvic junction obstruction of the kidney.
What does this procedure involve?
Unlike a conventional open pyeloplasty, robotic laparoscopic surgery requires only several small incisions. Through these incisions, a surgeon uses a powerful endoscope – a tiny camera – and specialized surgical instruments to conduct the operation and repair the kidney.
How long does this surgery take?
Surgery takes approximately 2 to 3 hours, and the hospital stay is usually just overnight.
What are the advantages of this procedure?
- Reduced hospital stay (one day in younger, healthy patients) and faster healing
- Less postoperative pain and less need for pain medication
- Quicker return to normal activity and work
- Smaller incisions and less scarring
How long has the Cleveland Clinic been performing robotic laparoscopic pyeloplasties?
The Cleveland Clinic has been performing laparoscopic pyeloplasties since 2001. The Clinic offers laparoscopic options for a majority of kidney diseases and has, by far, the most experience with laparoscopic surgery for the kidney in the United States. Our surgeons have now been performing these procedures using the robotic surgical system since 2002 to provide our patients with the most innovative treatment solutions available.