Robotic ureteric reimplantation is a surgical procedure performed to correct a condition called vesicoureteral reflux (VUR). VUR is a condition where urine flows backward from the bladder into one or both of the ureters (tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder). This abnormal flow of urine can increase the risk of urinary tract infections and potentially lead to kidney damage over time.
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What are the advantages of robotic ureteric reimplantation over open surgery?
Robotic ureteric reimplantation offers several advantages over traditional open surgery, including smaller incisions, reduced blood loss, faster recovery, less post-operative pain, and better cosmetic outcomes with minimal scarring.
What is the success rate of robotic ureteric reimplantation?
Robotic ureteric reimplantation has a high success rate in correcting VUR and preventing urine reflux into the kidneys. Success rates may vary depending on the severity of VUR and individual patient factors.
Will I experience pain after robotic ureteric reimplantation?
Most patients experience less post-operative pain after robotic ureteric reimplantation compared to open surgery. Pain management strategies, including pain medications, are typically provided to ensure comfort during the recovery period.
How long does the surgery take, and how long is the recovery period?
The duration of robotic ureteric reimplantation can vary, but it typically takes about 2 to 4 hours. Patients may be able to return home within a day or a few days after the surgery, and the recovery period is generally faster compared to open surgery.
Who is a candidate for robotic ureteric reimplantation?
Patients with vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) that is persistent, severe, or not adequately managed with non-surgical treatments may be candidates for robotic ureteric reimplantation. The procedure is suitable for both children and adults, depending on their specific condition and overall health.
When can I resume normal activities after robotic ureteric reimplantation?
Patients can gradually resume normal activities, including work and light exercises, within a few weeks after robotic ureteric reimplantation. Strenuous activities may need to be avoided for a longer period, as advised by the surgeon.