Minimally Invasive Surgery
Laparoscopic Procedures & Surgical Treatments
Minimally invasive, or laparoscopic, surgeries use long-handled laparoscopic instruments aided by a tiny camera inserted into small incisions.
These types of procedures have many benefits over traditional surgeries, including faster recovery time and hospital stay accompanied with minimized pain and less noticeable scarring.
Thanks to great strides in medical technology, laparoscopic is able to be implemented by urologists specially trained in minimally invasive surgery techniques to treat various types of illnesses. The physicians at Potomac Urology have specialized training in surgical procedures for certain cancers as well as general procedures. Learn more and book your appointment with our offices in Alexandria or Woodbridge, VA.
In cases of bladder cancer, a cystectomy, or the removal of the bladder, may be needed. In some cases, this can be done laparoscopically or robotically. The bladder is removed through a series of keyhole-sized incisions across the abdomen.
Prostate cancer affects the prostate gland, which sits at the base of the bladder and is found only in men. Minimally invasive surgery for prostate cancer involves removing the prostate gland and the affected tissue around it using laparoscopic instruments.
Surgery is regarded as the best treatment for kidney cancer. Usually, a radical nephrectomy is required, which removes all or part of the kidney in question. Recently, minimally invasive procedures have taken precedence for this procedure.
A vasectomy is a relatively simple procedure which seals the tube, or vas, which delivers sperm from the testicles, preventing the sperm from entering the semen during ejaculation. This provides permanent contraception without affecting hormonal balances. No-scalpel vasectomies require no stitches, and are performed via a small puncture in the scrotum, providing a much more refined procedure compared to traditional vasectomies. The procedure does not require general anesthetic, using only local anesthetic at the surgical site. The procedure takes up to 20 minutes, with minimal pain and recovery time involved.
Female urology usually has to do with pelvic organ prolapse (in which the muscles around the bladder or rectum become loosened, allowing the pelvic organs to drop into the vagina) or incontinence (the inability to control the bladder or rectum). When non-surgical methods do not prove to be effective, minimally invasive surgery can be used to treat these conditions.