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St. Francis Hospital's Urology Department uses the latest technology such as the green light laser, da Vinci surgical robotic system as well as cryoablative treatment for tumors of the urinary tract. We employ a comprehensive approach to urological cancers that consists of early detection programs such as prostate screening.

The American Cancer Society estimates that there are over 200,000 newly diagnosed cases of prostate cancer annually. St. Francis Hospital acquired the da Vinci robotic system from Intuitive Surgical for the minimally invasive treatment of prostate cancer and reconstructive kidney surgery. St. Francis Hospital provides the most up-to-date technology for the treatment of both benign and malignant urological conditions in men and women.

The da Vinci radical prostatectomy, when compared with traditional prostate surgery, provides patients with many benefits. These include small incisions, 80% less blood loss, up to two-thirds less post-operative pain and shorter recovery time. Most patients return to work within three weeks of surgery. And robotic prostatectomy avoids complications of traditional open prostatectomy such as incontinence and impotence.

We also employ the latest techniques used for the treatment of kidney cancers. They include minimally invasive procedures such as laparoscopic radical removal of the kidney and partial nephrectomies (removing the tumor and sparing the kidney).

Urology - An Overview

The Urology Department at St. Francis Hospital provides leading edge treatment of benign and malignant disease of the prostate, bladder, kidney, testicular and adrenal glands. Our department consists of urologists certified by the American Urological Association. Several of our urologists have an expertise in robotic surgery, which allows them to utilize non-invasive techniques to minimize the physical and emotional impact of surgery on patients.

St. Francis surgeons recently introduced the da Vinci Surgical System for performing prostate surgery. Our team specializes in minimally invasive procedures and has a great deal of experience and expertise in laparoscopic kidney surgery. Our doctors also specialize in renal cell cancer, the most common type of kidney cancer that accounts for more than 90% of malignant kidney tumors. It is important to realize that kidney cancer can be cured. The survival rate for patients with kidney cancer ranges from 79% to 100%. More than 100,000 survivors of kidney cancer are alive in the United States.

Conditions Treated

  • Prostate cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Urinary tract cancer
  • Testicular disease
  • Adrenal gland disease
  • Benign disease of prostate
  • Bladder disease
  • Bladder/urethral incontinence

Key Treatments

The da Vinci Radical Prostatectomy - A series of small surgical incisions are made through the use of robotics. This technique offers significant benefits over traditional prostate surgery, including less pain and scarring, less risk of infection and blood loss, and faster recovery and shorter hospital stays.

Laparoscopic Removal of Kidney - Laparoscopic surgery provides the benefits of minimally invasive surgery, with a shorter hospital stay, less blood loss and a quicker recovery from surgery.

Cryoablation for Treatment of Kidney Cancer - Cryoablation (cryptotherapy) is a surgical technique that destroys tumors by freezing them. Through the use of highly specialized cooling rods, the cells of the tumors are frozen, starting at the center of the lesion. Vital structures such as blood vessels are not disturbed by the freezing process. Cryoablation is an excellent tool for urologists to use for the treatment of certain kidney tumors. Paired with laparoscopic surgery, cryoablation makes treatment of small to medium sized renal masses less invasive. This translates into shorter hospital stays and less significant complications without compromising treatment efficacy.

Green Light Laser Technology for Benign Disease of the Prostate - The green light laser vaporization of the prostate exceeds the benefits of the traditional transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), while minimizing the risks. It is most often done on an outpatient basis and usually does not require catheterization following the procedure. Additional benefits include lower risk of significant bleeding and other potential complications previously seen with TURP. Moreover, patients can safely have this procedure while still on certain types of anticoagulants.

Incontinence in Women - St. Francis Hospital performs operations such as the TVT and sling for the correction of bladder/urethral incontinence.


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