da Vinci Robotic Surgery in Bend, OR

Robotic surgery using the da Vinci surgical robot is state-of-the-art treatment for numerous conditions. Drs. Johnson-Mitchell and Simmons have formal training and expertise in conducting robotic surgery with involvement in nearly 1000 cases between them. At Urology Specialists of Oregon we offer a full spectrum of services for urologic cancer of the kidney, prostate and bladder; female pelvic floor reconstruction; and reconstruction of the urinary tract for benign disease.

  • Robotic Prostatectomy
  • Robotic Radical Nephrectomy
  • Robotic Radical Nephroureterectomy
  • Robotic Partial Nephrectomy
  • Robotic Abdomino-sacro-colpopexy
  • Robotic Bladder Diverticulectomy
  • Robotic Radical Cystectomy
  • Robotic Boari Flap Bladder Reconstruction
  • Robotic Ileal Ureter Reconstruction
  • Robotic Ureteroureterostomy and Ureteral Reimplant Reconstruction
  • Robotic Pyeloplasty
  • Robotic Adrenalectomy

We maintain the highest standards to ensure our surgeries afford the best possible outcomes for patients by participating in outcomes research and publications. This allows us to provide world class care right here in Bend.

What is Robotic Surgery?

The robot consists of a set of robotic arms that attach to specialized tools that are positioned inside the body. The surgeon sits across the room at a console that controls the arms. Assistants stand next to the patient to assist the surgeon during the case.

Does the robot do the surgery?

The surgeon does the surgery. All movements are conducted by the surgeon, and there is no “automatic” setting that enables the robot to do anything on its own.

What are the benefits of robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery allows for less pain, faster recovery and an improved cosmetic effects by avoiding large incisions. The traditional “flank incision” used in the past for kidney surgery involves cutting through several muscle layers and removal of part of the 12th rib. Recovery from this involves a 7 to 10 day hospital stay and return to normal activities at 3-4 months. The same kidney surgery conducted using the robot involves a 3-4 day hospital stay, and return to normal activity at 6-8 weeks. Most kidney, prostate and bladder surgeries can be conducted using the robot.

Is the robotic surgery safe?

Complications can occur during any surgery, and clinical studies support that robotic surgery is as safe as open surgery. The main issue that relates to surgical safety is the skill and experience of the surgeon. Complications for our surgeons range between 4-8% depending on the type of surgery, and this is equivalent to complication rates reported by large academic medical centers. Our local hospital is equipped with a state-of-the-art robotic operating suite, and boasts an excellent surgical nursing team with specialized robotics training.

To learn more about da Vinci robotic surgery, or to schedule an appointment in Bend, OR, call Urology Specialists of Oregon at (541) 322-5753

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