Robotic & Minimally Invasive Surgery
Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery
This minimally invasive surgical approach, which enables major surgery to be performed through the smallest of incisions, is ideal for delicate urologic surgery. Using hand controls that manipulate robotic instruments, surgeons can access spaces inside the body otherwise very difficult to reach. This leading-edge technology has been shown to improve patients’ recovery experience and clinical outcomes with such benefits as:
- A shorter hospital stay
- Less pain
- Fewer complications
- Less scarring
Minimally Invasive Kidney Stone Management
Kidney, ureter and bladder stones occur when minerals in urine crystallize into small, hard masses that can cause pain, bleeding, obstruction or infection. Urologists at Maine Medical Center were the first to perform kidney stone lithotripsy in the state. Our urologists have developed sophisticated algorithms for the surgical management of urinary stone disease and utilize the latest in technology to improve outcomes in our patients.
Cryosurgery for Renal (Kidney) and Prostate Cancers
Cryosurgery is the use of extreme cold to destroy abnormal or diseased tissue. It is another minimally-invasive technique that we offer to patients with kidney and prostate cancers that allows urologists to target very small areas with little blood loss and fewer complications.
Laser Prostatectomy for BPH
Laser therapy is a minimally-invasive alternative to the surgical procedure called transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) for patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or an enlarged prostate. The benefits of the laser treatment include less risk of bleeding, less time with a catheter, a shorter hospital stay and a faster, less painful recovery. The laser treatment is particularly beneficial for patients who are taking blood thinners.
Microsurgical Vasectomy Reversal
While a vasectomy should be regarded as permanent, advances in microsurgery have enabled surgeons to reverse the procedure and restore fertility in many cases. The reversal procedure – performed under a special microscope – involves reconnecting the cut ends of the vas deferens, the small tubes that carry sperm from a man’s testicles. It is performed on a same-day, outpatient basis.