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Urological Procedures Currently Performed Using Robotic Surgery at MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland

Open surgery has been the traditional approach to urologic procedures because they require complex moves in tight surroundings. But now, with the da Vinci robotic surgery system, surgeons have a better tool to preserve delicate nerves that affect urinary control and sexual function. Da Vinci robotic surgery also reduces pain and blood loss, shortens recovery times and enables faster return to everyday activities.

Da Vinci Robotic Procedures Offered at MidMichigan Health

Currently, the urological surgeries listed below can be performed robotically at MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland:

da Vinci Robotic Surgery

  • Partial and Radical Nephrectomy. Partial nephrectomy is surgery to remove only diseased or injured portions of a kidney. It is used to treat such conditions as blockage of ureters or kidney cancer. Radical nephrectomy is surgical removal of an entire kidney and a segment of the tube that connects to the bladder. Open surgery is the traditional approach to kidney procedures. Laparoscopy is also used, but the da Vinci Surgical System allows more precision for delicate or complex operations. In certain cancer operations, da Vinci robotic surgery may offer more potential for preserving the kidney.1
  • Prostatectomy (removal of the cancerous prostate gland and related structures). Compared to radiation treatments, surgery has a higher and longer survival rate and a lower risk of long-term complications.2 Da Vinci surgery is the number one choice in the United States for this procedure.3 Potential benefits include effective cancer control, less complications, improved and early return of sexual function, and improved and early return of urinary continence.
  • Pyeloplasty, surgery for a urinary obstruction, removes the blockage and reattaches the ureter (the tube that moves urine from the kidneys to the bladder) to a healthy part of the kidney. The precision of da Vinci surgery is ideal for this delicate procedure.

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As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed. Only your doctor can determine whether surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System is appropriate for your situation.

For more information about robotic surgery at MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland, ask your doctor. For a physician referral, visit or call MidMichigan Health Line at (989) 837-9090 in Midland or toll-free at (800) 999-3199.


1Bhayani SB, Das N., Robotic-assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy for suspected renal cell carcinoma. BMC Surgery 2008, 8:16 doi:10.1186/1471-2482-8-16., Treatment comparison and key comparative studies. Claim based on 2007 data on file.