Robotic Surgery Specialists

Greater Hartford Urology Group

Urologists located in Hartford, Glastonbury & Enfield, CT

If you’ve been diagnosed with a prostate or bladder-related health problem, robotic surgery provides a safe, minimally invasive treatment option that lowers your risk of complications and speeds up the healing process. At Greater Hartford Urology Group, the caring team of expert urologists regularly performs robotic surgery using the da Vinci surgical system. To learn more about this advanced treatment method, make an appointment by calling one of the offices in Hartford, Enfield, or Glastonbury, Connecticut, and speaking with a friendly team member or booking online today.

Robotic Surgery Q & A

What is robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery, or robot-assisted surgery, refers to surgical operations performed with robotic systems. These operations are minimally invasive and allow physicians like the team at Greater Hartford Urology Group to enhance their natural abilities while performing complex procedures. 

At Greater Hartford Urology Group, the team uses the da Vinci surgical system. This advanced tool features three components –– the surgeon console, patient cart, and vision cart –– providing your surgeon’s hands with a greater range of motion and the ability to address problems that once required time-consuming and invasive traditional “open” operations. 

What are some of the advantages associated with robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery presents a wide range of advantages compared to traditional open surgery, including:

  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Less pain
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Minimal blood loss
  • Faster and easier recovery
  • Reduced risk of urinary incontinence
  • Smaller incisions

Robotic surgery also lowers your risk of scarring, and for certain cancer operations, increases the potential for kidney preservation.

How does robotic surgery work?

During robotic surgery, your Greater Hartford Urology Group provider works from a computer console. Another member of the team stands at the table which features four jointed robotic arms. Before starting surgery, your surgeon administers a general anesthetic that puts you to sleep. This process ensures you’re comfortable and experience no pain during your operation.

Once the anesthesia sets in, your provider makes a series of small incisions and carefully inserts a tiny camera and surgical instruments through the openings. The camera sends detailed images of your pelvic cavity back to a computer monitor, allowing your provider to diagnose and treat different ailments. 

The system’s robotic arms move the surgical instruments based on your provider’s instructions at the control panel. This allows the team to perform complex procedures with improved accuracy and little damage to your surrounding healthy tissues. 

Am I a good candidate for robotic surgery?

To determine if you’re a good candidate for robotic surgery, make an appointment at Greater Hartford Urology Group. During your initial consultation, your provider conducts a physical exam, asks you questions about the symptoms you’re experiencing, and reviews your medical history. 

Usually, the team recommends conservative, holistic treatments such as healthy lifestyle changes. For example, some urinary problems respond well to eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and losing weight. However, if your symptoms persist or get worse, surgical intervention may be necessary.

To make your robotic surgery appointment at Greater Hartford Urology Group, call the office nearest you or book online today.