Robotic Urology Surgery

National and Worldwide Excellence in Robotic Surgery

The urologists at Hackensack University Medical Center perform more than 775 robotic procedures each year and have performed more than 5,000 robotic procedures in the past decade.

Our urologists use robotic technology for a wide range of urological conditions in men and women. In fact, over 90 percent of the major urological procedures done at Hackensack University Medical Center are performed using this state-of-the-art technology.

There are currently 10 surgeons at Hackensack University Medical Center that are trained in robotic techniques. They have helped develop some of this specialty’s most successful procedures, including robotic partial nephrectomy, robotic prostatectomy and complex robotic urinary reconstruction.

  • Surgeons throughout the world receive training from our surgeons on the latest advances in robotic surgical techniques and procedures for urology.

  • Hackensack Meridian Health performs robotic surgery for patients who come in for emergency care as well as scheduled patients. This means that all patients have access to the benefits of this surgery: less bleeding, less pain, and faster healing.
  • Hackensack Meridian Health has a nationally recognized operating room nursing team specializing in robotic surgery.
  • Watch Dr. Munver discuss how robotic surgery leads to a better patient experience through a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery, and a faster return to activities, sports and work. 

  • Our urologists helped develop successful procedures such as robotic partial nephrectomy, robotic prostatectomy, and complex robotic urinary reconstruction. 
  • Hackensack University Medical Center was among the first hospitals in the world — and the first hospital in New Jersey — to use the da Vinci SP single port robotic surgery system for urologic surgery.
  • Our surgeons have published multiple papers in academic journals, as well as presented at conferences around the world, on the use of robotic surgery for a full range of urologic surgical procedures.
  • Learn about Dr. Lovallo's innovative journey to performing multiple types of robotic surgery including partial nephrectomy's for kidney cancer. 

Learn More About Robotic Surgery

Robotic Urology Surgery Means Less Pain, Faster Healing, and a Quicker Return to Normal Activities 

The urologists at Hackensack Meridian Health use robotic technology to treat a wide range of urological conditions in men and women.  Robotic surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery during which doctors use very small surgical instruments and a camera that fits into a patient’s body through incisions that are less than a half-inch long. The precision of robotic technology allows surgeons to perform complicated procedures while avoiding damage to surrounding areas.  The advantages of robotic urology surgery may include:
  • Smaller incisions and less tissue damage
  • Increased precision for complex surgeries
  • Decreased blood loss (and reduced need for transfusions)
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less pain after surgery
  • Smaller scars, both external and internal
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery and return to normal activities
For certain urology procedures, our surgeons use single-port robotic technology, which means all the surgical instruments and the camera are inserted through one tube and a single incision or opening. This technology allows for even greater flexibility in the hardest-to-reach areas.

When Should You Consider Robotic Urology Surgery

We use robotic technology to treat the following urologic conditions:
  • Adrenal cancer
  • Adrenal tumors
  • Bladder cancer
  • Bladder diverticula
  • Bladder prolapse
  • Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) 
  • Kidney cancer
  • Pelvic reconstruction
  • Prostate cancer
  • Renal cysts
  • Retroperitoneal fibrosis
  • Testis cancer
  • Ureter cancer
  • UPJ obstruction
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Ureteral reflux
  • Ureteral stricture

We Perform the Following Robotic Urology Procedures 

  • Adrenalectomy: Removal of one or more adrenal glands.
  • Buccal mucosa urethroplasty: Use of a buccal mucosa graft in urethral reconstruction.
  • Cyst marsupialization: Cyst removal using a technique that prevents regrowth.
  • Cystectomy ileal conduit: Surgery to remove the bladder and create a new way to pass urine.
  • Cystectomy Indiana pouch: A type of urinary diversion after bladder removal.
  • Cystectomy orthotopic neobladder: Bladder reconstruction that uses a piece of intestine to create a new bladder.
  • Diverticulectomy: Removal of the diverticulum of the bladder to relieve any obstruction.
  • Fistula repair: Surgery to repair fistula, which is an abnormal connection between two body parts inside the body.
  • 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.
  • Pyeloplasty: Reconstructive surgery to repair narrowing or scarring where the ureter attaches to the kidney. 
  • Partial adrenalectomy: Removal of adrenal tumor(s) that preserves unaffected adrenal tissue.
  • Partial cystectomy: Surgery to remove part of the bladder.
  • Partial nephrectomy: Removal of a portion of the kidney.
  • Prolapse repair: Repairs the weakened pelvic floor tissues to support pelvic organs.
  • Prostatectomy: Partial or complete removal of the prostate.
  • Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection: A procedure to remove abdominal lymph nodes to treat testicular cancer.
  • Simple prostatectomy: A procedure to treat extreme enlargement of the prostate (BPH).
  • Ureterolysis: Procedure to relieve ureteral obstruction.
  • Ureteral reimplant: Surgery to repair the tubes that connect the bladder to the kidneys.
  • Ureterocalicostomy: The reimplantation of the ureter into the bladder.

“I was in the hospital for four days after my first kidney surgery and came home in a lot of pain. The recovery was slow, and I was much more tired. This time, [after robotic surgery] I stayed in the hospital one night, took one pain pill, and was up and walking within a few days. The recovery has been amazing. It’s almost like I didn’t have surgery.”

— Alicia Morris, age 67, of South Orange, New Jersey

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Our urology surgeons use robotic technology which means smaller incisions, less pain, and a faster recovery.

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