Robotic Surgery for Urinary Obstruction
If your doctor recommends surgery for a urinary obstruction, you may be a candidate for a minimally invasive robotic-assisted approach using the da Vinci® Surgical System. da Vinci uses state-of-the-art technology to help doctors perform this delicate operation. Compared to open surgery or traditional laparoscopic surgery, the da Vinci robotic system provides patients with the potential for:
- Faster recovery and shorter hospital stay
- Fewer stitches and less scarring
- Lower risk of complications and infections
- Less blood loss and the need for transfusions
- Quicker recovery of normal activities
The Robotic-assisted Surgery Program is led by Ingolf A. Tuerk, MD, PhD, chief of Urology and director of the Robotic-assisted Surgery Program at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, an expert in laparoscopic and robotic urologic surgery.
What makes Dr. Tuerk special is that he is an oncologist (a specialist in treating cancer), and is laparoscopically trained, which is a unique combination and guarantees expertise all aspects of the treatment of urological cancer including prostate cancer. Dr. Tuerk is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in laparoscopic and robotic surgery and has pioneered many procedures. He was one of the first surgeons in the world to perform laparoscopic prostate cancer surgery starting in April 1999.
Ingolf A. Tuerk, MD
Cancer Care, Surgical Oncology, Urology, Robotic Surgery