Overview

Overview

Is robotic assisted surgery for prostate cancer right for you?

The Center has one of the world’s largest, collective group of surgeons with experience in urologic laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Robotic & Image-Guided surgeons pioneered and continue to be at the forefront of minimally invasive patient care, research and education.

Techniques in robotic and laparoscopic surgery that have been developed and perfected in the laboratory and operating rooms have become the gold standard of urology practice for prostate, bladder, kidney cancer and other urological surgeries.

What We Treat Staff Treatment Guides

Treatment Guides

Learn more about how laparoscopic or robotic surgery is used to treat bladder, kidney and prostate cancers.

Download Cleveland Clinic's Bladder Cancer Treatment Guide

Download Cleveland Clinic's Kidney Cancer Treatment Guide

Download Cleveland Clinic's Prostate Cancer Treatment and Surgery Guide

Research & Innovations

Research & Innovations

Cleveland Clinic was one of the nation's first medical centers to offer robotic radical prostatectomy, a minimally invasive surgical treatment for prostate cancer. Robotic-assisted surgery enables surgeons to perform this complex minimally invasive surgery with more precision, offering patients improved outcomes. Our surgeons continue to be the leaders in prostatectomy.

Highlights of the Laparoscopic and Robotic Prostate Surgery program:

  • First to offer laparoscopic radical prostatectomy on a routine basis in the United States
  • One of the first prostate programs to perform robotic radical prostatectomy in the United States
  • First to perform robotic sural nerve transplant for potency preservation
  • Pioneered "energy-free" prostatectomy to preserve erections after prostate surgery
  • Pioneered real-time ultrasound navigation to make prostatectomy a more precise
  • Performed the single-port belly button technique for single port robotic radical prostatectomy

Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute was also the first medical center in Ohio to perform laparoscopic radical surgery for kidney disease. The Clinic now offers robotic and laparoscopic options for a majority of kidney diseases and is the most experienced laparoscopic kidney surgery program in the United States, for benign and malignant kidney cancer. Surgical techniques developed at the Cleveland Clinic are taught nationwide. Cleveland Clinic is also acknowledge worldwide for robotic partial nephrectomy expertise.

Highlights of the Laparoscopic and Robotic Kidney Surgery program:

  • Refined technique for centrally located kidney tumors
  • First to perform robotic partial nephrectomy in a kidney transplant
  • Expertise in partial nephrectomy for multiple tumors in the same kidney or bilateral tumors

Cleveland Clinic urologists performed the world's first laparoscopic removal of a cancerous bladder, followed by surgery to reconstruct the bladder out of intestinal tissue. Our team first refined this technique in the laboratory and now offers the reconstructive bladder cancer surgery to patients. In addition to treating bladder cancer, laparoscopic bladder surgery can also be used to treat urinary incontinence.

Highlights of the Laparoscopic and Robotic Bladder Surgery program:

  • First to perform laparoscopic intracorporeal urinary diversion
  • Developed a technique for robotic intracorporeal formation of a new bladder from bowel after removal of the bladder for cancer

Highlights of the Stereotactic and Kidney Cryoablation Surgery program:

  • One of the most experienced kidney ablation programs in the nation
  • Developed stereotactic techniques to improve needle positioning during kidney tumor ablation

Highlights of the Single Port Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery program:

  • Developed novel techniques for belly button surgery for kidney, prostate and bladder surgery
  • Defined the initial technique of using robotics for single port surgery