The following procedures can be done in urology via robotic system:
Although still in its infancy, robotic surgery is a cutting-edge development in surgery that will have far-reaching implications. While improving precision and dexterity, this emerging technology allows surgeons to perform operations that were traditionally not amenable to minimal access techniques. As a result, the benefits of minimal access surgery may be applicable to a wider range of procedures. Safety has been well established, and many series of cases have reported favorable outcomes. However, randomized, controlled trials comparing robotic-assisted procedures with laparoscopic or open techniques are generally lacking.
Robots and surgeons will continue to evolve. In referral centers, we will likely see more and more difficult procedures performed robotically as experience continues to grow. In addition to the now standardized oncologic surgeries, we will see more complex reconstructions and vascular surgeries (including IVC thrombectomy and kidney transplantation) performed with a robot.
The future of robotics in urology remains bright, with new platforms and technology on the near horizon. The robot battle is set to begin.