Robotic Surgery for Urology Conditions

You have access to New Jersey’s largest and most successful robotic urology surgery program at Hackensack Meridian Health. Our experienced surgeons offer outcomes for robotic surgery of the prostate, kidney, bladder and urinary tract, including cancer. that place us among the best centers in the nation.

Hackensack Meridian Health has long been recognized as a pioneer in robotic surgery. Twenty years ago, our surgeons were among the first in the United States to perform robotic surgery. Today, that innovation continues with our single-port approach. This means you have surgery with only one incision, an easier recovery and a faster return to doing the things you love.

How Robotic Surgery Works

Surgeon Console

Your surgeon sits at a console next to you and controls the movement of surgical tools inserted into your body through one incision (single port) or several small incisions. 

Patient-Side Tower

Your surgeon’s movements are translated in real time to operate with four tiny, rotating wristed instruments that perform with greater precision and range of motion than a human hand.

Unparalleled Vision

The system offers a 3D, high-definition view ten times greater than the human eye can see, and  incorporates near-infrared and other imaging to enhance the view of the surgical area.

Robotic Surgery at Hackensack Meridian Health

  Hackensack Meridian Health is the largest and most experienced robotic surgery program in the state. While traditional surgery requires a large incision so the surgeon's hands can fit inside the patient's abdomen, robotic surgery requires only two or three small incisions. The robotic arms and camera are positioned in these incisions, allowing all of the surgical movement to take place within the abdomen. The surgeon then has a close-up high definition view of the prostate, kidney or other urologic area and is able to guide the robotic hands to delicately move, cut and suture. 

Advantages of Single-Port Robotic Urology Surgery

We were among the first in New Jersey and among the first in the world to offer a single-port approach. Today, most of our minimally invasive urology surgeries are performed this way for patients who meet the criteria. The advantages of single-port robotic surgery include:   

  • One incision, and less tissue damage
  • Increased precision – with greater flexibility, stability and range of motion than a human hand
  • Decreased blood loss and reduced need for transfusions
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less pain after surgery
  • Smaller external and internal scars
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery and return to normal activities
Patient Story

Mark’s operation in December 2016 included the removal of 45 lymph nodes and was performed through five quarter-inch incisions. Robotic surgery offered a 3-D view with 10-times magnification for added precision. Hackensack University Medical Center has since become the first in New Jersey to acquire single-port technology, allowing surgeons to perform complex surgeries through a single incision.

Robotic Surgery for Your Urology Conditions

  • Adrenal Cancer and Adrenal Tumors
    •  Adrenalectomy: Removal of one or more adrenal glands.
    • Partial Adrenalectomy: Removal of adrenal tumor that preserves unaffected adrenal tissue.
  • Bladder Cancer
    • Cystectomy Ileal Conduit: Removal of the bladder and create a new way to pass urine.
    • Cystectomy Indiana Pouch: Type of urinary diversion after bladder removal.
    • Cystectomy Orthotopic Neobladder: Bladder reconstruction that uses a piece of intestine to create a new bladder.
    • Partial Cystectomy: Removal of part of the bladder.
  • Bladder Diverticula
    • Diverticulectomy: Removal of the diverticulum of the bladder to relieve an obstruction.
  • Enlarged Prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH)
    • Simple Prostatectomy: Procedure to treat extreme enlargement of the prostate.
  • Fistula
    • Fistula Repair: Surgery to repair fistula, which is an abnormal connection between two body parts inside the body.
  • Kidney Cancer
    • Nephrectomy: Removal of one or both kidneys.
    • Nephroureterectomy: Removal of the kidney, ureter, and a portion of the bladder where it connects to the ureter.
    • Partial Nephrectomy: Removal of a portion of kidney.
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
    • Pelvic Organ Prolapse Repair and Reconstruction: Repairs and rebuilds the weakened pelvic floor tissues to support pelvic organs.
  • Prostate Cancer
    • Prostatectomy: Partial or complete removal of the prostate.
  • Renal Cysts
    • Cyst Marsupialization: Cyst removal using a technique that prevents regrowth.
  • Retroperitoneal Fibrosis
  • Testicular Cancer
    • Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection: Removal of abdominal lymph nodes to treat testicular cancer.
  • UPJ Obstruction and other Ureteral Strictures
    • Buccal Mucosa Urethroplasty: Use of a buccal mucosa graft in urethral reconstruction.
    • Pyeloplasty: Reconstructive surgery to repair narrowing or scarring where the ureter attaches to the kidney. 
    • Ureterolysis: Procedure to relieve ureteral obstruction.
    • Ureteral Reimplant: Repair of the tubes that connect the bladder to the kidneys.
    • Ureterocalicostomy: Reimplantation of the ureter into the bladder.
  • Ureter Cancer
    • Segmental Ureterectomy: Remove the cancer and preserve the ureter and kidney.
    • Nephro-Ureterectomy: Remove the kidney and ureter, along with nearby lymph tissue and fat if necessary.
  • Ureteral Reflux

Why Choose Hackensack Meridian Health for Robotic Urology Surgery?

  • One in every four robotic surgeries in New Jersey is performed at Hackensack Meridian Health.  
  • More than 775 robotic procedures a year, and more than 5,000 in the past decade, have been performed at Hackensack University Medical Center – the most of any center in New Jersey. 
  • About 90 percent of the major urology surgeries at Hackensack University Medical Center use robotic technology.
  • More than 80% of our surgeons perform robotic urology surgery. 

504 single port surgeries 2019-2020

  • National Leader:One in five single-port robotic surgeries in the United States is performed at Hackensack Meridian Health
  • First in New Jersey: Hackensack University Medical Center was among the first hospitals in the world — and the first in New Jersey — to use a single-port robotic system for urology surgeries.
  • Pioneers: Our surgeons helped develop single-port surgery for all urology cancers and a broad range of urology conditions.
  • Others Learn from Us: Surgeons from around the world travel to Hackensack to train with us. Our studies on robotic urology surgery have been published in academic journals and presented at international conferences.
Our Urology Robotic Surgeons

If you need urologic surgery – or a second opinion about surgery – we’re here for you. Our award-winning team of robotic surgeons provides an unparalleled patient experience with outstanding outcomes.

"Another doctor told me that they could not operate…that I had to live my whole life with a nephrostomy (tube) in my kidney. I found Dr. Stifelman where he did a reconstruction of the urethra and now I feel good, thanks to all his team." – Maria Perez

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