Robotic pyeloplasty is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to treat ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction, a condition where there is a blockage or narrowing at the point where the ureter (the tube that connects the kidney to the bladder) meets the renal pelvis (the upper part of the kidney). This blockage can lead to urine flow obstruction, causing urine to back up into the kidney, potentially leading to pain, infection, and kidney damage.
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What are the advantages of robotic pyeloplasty over open surgery?
Robotic pyeloplasty offers several advantages over traditional open surgery, including smaller incisions, reduced blood loss, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery, less post-operative pain, and better cosmetic outcomes with minimal scarring.
What is the success rate of robotic pyeloplasty?
Robotic pyeloplasty has a high success rate, with most patients experiencing improved urine flow and kidney function after the procedure. Success rates vary depending on the severity of the obstruction, the surgeon's experience, and the patient's overall health.
Who is a candidate for robotic pyeloplasty?
Patients with ureteropelvic junction obstruction and normal kidney function are potential candidates for robotic pyeloplasty. The procedure is suitable for both adults and pediatric patients, depending on their specific condition and overall health.
Will I experience pain after robotic pyeloplasty?
Most patients experience less post-operative pain after robotic pyeloplasty compared to open surgery. Pain management strategies, including pain medications, are typically provided to ensure comfort during the recovery period.