Robotic pyeloplasty is a procedure that may be performed on either children or adults to fix an abnormal connection between the kidney and the ureter, the tube that connects the kidney to the bladder. Some people are born with this abnormal connection, or, it may be caused by scar tissue. This condition may cause flank pain and/or nausea and can eventually lead to kidney failure.
How is a Robotic Pyeloplasty Performed?
Robotic pyeloplasty involves small incisions used to recreate a normal connection between the kidney and ureter. With state-of-the-art robotics, the surgeon has a 3-D magnified view. Using the delicate movements of the robotic arms, the surgeon is able to remove the abnormal area and precisely reconnect the ureter to the kidney.
- This procedure is performed under general anesthesia.
- Using four to five tiny incisions, instead of one large one, the abnormal connection is removed and a healthy section of the ureter is attached to a healthy part of the kidney pelvis.
- A temporary stent is placed to help with drainage of the kidney during healing.
Benefits of Robotic Pyeloplasty
The benefits of our physicians using the robot to perform this procedure include:
- Better precision
- Improved outcomes
- Faster recovery
- Less post-operative pain
- No disfiguring incision
The Recovery Period
Most patients are able to leave the hospital in 1-2 days and return to normal function in 2-3 weeks. The temporary stent is removed in 3-6 weeks.