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Non-Robotic Minimally Invasive Urology Procedures

miVIP Surgery Centers provide a variety of non-robotic surgical services to treat a wide range of urological conditions. Our highly skilled and experienced medical staff performs many non-robotic urological procedures in addition to our state-of-the-art da Vinci® Surgical System, including:

Cystoscopy: A cystoscopy is a test that examines the lining of the bladder and urethra using a cystoscope – a thin, lighted scope that is inserted into the urethra and slowly moved into the bladder. Cystoscopy is useful as it provides a view of areas that do not show up well on x-rays. Small tools can be inserted through the cystoscope in order to collect urine or tissue samples, as well.

Prostate Biopsy: A prostate biopsy is the removal of small samples of prostate tissue to be examined for the presence of cancer. The biopsy is typically performed after a PSA test or digital rectal exam shows abnormality. If the results return positive for cancer, the tumor samples will be graded using the Gleason grading system.

Sling Procedure: The sling procedure is one of the most common surgical options for stress urinary incontinence. A sling is placed under the urethra for support, providing resistance against leakage. The sling will prevent involuntary leaking of urine by closing the urethra when pushed down on by coughing, sneezing, laughing and any additional activities.

Stent Replacement: A stent is a thin tube that is inserted into either the ureter or urethra to help maintain the flow of urine. For example, a kidney stone or enlarged prostate can block the kidney or the urethra, respectively, so a stent is installed to ensure proper drainage and prevent damage.

Ureteroscopy: Similar to cystoscopy, ureteroscopy is a test that examines the ureter, usually to find a kidney stone. The thin ureteroscope slowly enters and passes through the urethra and bladder and into the ureter, where small tools can go through the scope and then grab or break down the kidney stone for removal.

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