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Every year, thousands of patients throughout Oregon receive top quality surgical care for their urologic conditions (mostly affecting the kidneys, bladder, and prostate) at Providence hospitals and surgical centers. At Providence, you can rest assured knowing your surgery is being performed in a setting well-known for providing compassionate, high-quality urologic care.

Providence partners with urologists throughout Oregon to offer comprehensive medical and surgical treatment for a broad range of urological conditions affecting men, women and children. These urologists offer comprehensive medical care and a variety of surgical options including laparoscopic (minimally invasive) or robotic-assisted surgery.

Urology surgical services include:

  • Surgical treatment for cancers (prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, or testicular cancer)
  • Treatment of prostate disorders (benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH))
  • Bladder, urethral and kidney stone removal
  • Procedures to treat erectile dysfunction
  • Surgical correction of anatomical problems to treat urinary incontinence in men and women, including sling procedures and InterStim® Therapy
  • Pelvic floor repair for females (pelvic organ prolapse, cystocele, urethrocele)

To ensure you get the best care, we ask you to print and bring these forms below to your first appointment. These provide information to your care team about your health and medical history.

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Frequently asked questions about robotic and minimally-invasive surgery

Also called MIS, keyhole, laparoscopic or endoscopic surgery, minimally invasive surgery is performed with very small incisions, cameras and miniature instruments. Some minimally invasive surgeries can even be done with a robot, which are then called robot-assisted minimally invasive surgeries.

Minimally invasive surgery is less traumatic to the body's tissues and organs. For example, a traditional open abdominal surgery requires a large incision, usually four to five inches long, through skin and muscle. In a laparoscopic minimally invasive procedure, several incisions ranging from 3-12mm are needed to access the abdominal cavity. The surgeon then inserts a long telescope-like instrument called a laparoscope into one of the incisions to peer into the body. The laparoscope feeds images to a TV monitor positioned in front of the surgeon. The additional incisions allow access for pencil-thin instruments that allow the surgeon to complete the operation.

Each of those words describes surgery that requires only small incisions and the use of a laparoscope and miniature instruments. The term "laparoscopy" refers to surgery performed in the abdomen using a laparoscope. When a specialized laparoscopic surgery is performed in a joint, it's called "arthroscopy." When conducted using a natural opening in the body, such as the mouth or nose, it's called "endoscopy."

Robotic surgery is the least invasive, most precise type of minimally invasive surgery that employs the highly specialized instrumentation of the da Vinci® Surgery System. Because minimally invasive surgery uses very small incisions, there are limitations on what surgeons are able to see and what instruments they're able to use. Until now, those limitations prevented some types of complex surgeries, such as hysterectomy and prostatectomy, from being performed through minimally invasive techniques. That's where da Vinci® comes in. The da Vinci® robot overcomes these limitations using cameras that provide true 3D images and even advanced instrumentation similar to the human hand. Robotic assistance gives surgeons the ability to perform some complex operations faster and easier, while improving patient safety.

Robotic surgery is categorized as robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery, so any insurance that covers minimally invasive surgery generally covers robotic surgery. This is true for widely held insurance plans like Medicare. It is important to note that your coverage will depend on your plan and benefits package.

It is important to know that surgery with da Vinci® does not place a robot at the controls; your surgeon is controlling every aspect of the surgery using the technology of the da Vinci® robotic platform. With robotic surgery, small incisions are used to introduce miniaturized wristed instruments and a high-definition 3D camera into the body. Seated at the console, your surgeon views a magnified, high-resolution 3D image of the surgical site. At the same time, state-of-the-art robotic and computer technologies scale, filter and seamlessly translate your surgeon's hand movements into precise micro-movements of the instruments.

Follow the instructions provided by your doctor to prepare for surgery.

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