Benefits of robotic surgery
There are many benefits to using robotic surgery techniques:
For the patient:
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less pain
- Reduced scarring, blood loss and risk of infection
- Fewer transactions
- Faster recovery and return to normal daily activities
For the surgeon:
- Greater surgical precision
- Increased range of motion
- Improved dexterity and accuracy
- Enhanced visualization of and improved access to the surgical site
Procedures performed using robotic surgery
Our physician perform a wide range of procedures including, but not limited to:
- Radical prostatectomy: removal of the entire prostate gland and surrounding lymph nodes to treat prostate cancer
- Pelvic lymphadenectomy: removal of the lymph nodes from the pelvis, usually to treat bladder or prostate cancer
- Radical nephrectomy: removal of the whole kidney, the fatty tissues surrounding the kidney and a portion of the tube connecting the kidney to the bladder (ureter) to treat kidney disease
- Radical nephroureterectomy: removal of the kidney, ureter, adrenal gland and surrounding lymph nodes; typically treating cancer of the kidney or upper urinary tract
- Partial nephrectomy: removal of part of the kidney; usually because of a tumor
- Pyeloplasty: surgical removal of a blockage where the ureters and kidneys are joined (surgery on the renal pelvis — narrow part of the kidney)
- Adrenalectomy: removal of one or both adrenal glands, usually due to tumors
- Ureterectomy: removal of all or part of the male urethra, a tube that connects the urinary bladder to the genitals for the removal of fluids out of the body
- Ureterovesical reimplantation and reconstruction: fixing the tubes that connect the bladder to the kidneys (ureters), usually for children
- Renal cystectomy: removal of renal cysts, which are sacs of fluid that form in the kidneys
- Bladder diverticulectomy: removal of the diverticula — pouches that can occur in the bladder wall and cause urinary issues
- Partial cystectomy: removal part of the bladder, usually to treat bladder cancer
Medical care and help
Where is robotic surgery available at Optum in the tri-state region?
The robotic surgery is available at Northern Westchester Hospital and Putnam Hospital Center. The Optum surgeons at these locations specialize in robotic surgery and have collectively operated over 1,000 robotic procedures.
Is robotic surgery covered by insurance?
Because robotic surgery is categorized as minimally invasive surgery, it’s covered by most widely held insurance plans like Medicare. It is important to note that your coverage will depend on your plan and benefits package.
Contact us for specifics regarding reimbursement for robotic surgery , or if you have been denied coverage.
How do I know if robotic surgery is right for me?
Starty by talking to your provider if you have questions or concerns about robotic surgery for yourself or a loved one.