At Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery, we offer the most advanced treatments for urologic diseases and conditions, including prostate issues, renal (kidney) surgery, urinary issues and bladder disorders. Minimally invasive surgery, also known as laparoscopic surgery, has been used to treat many kinds of urologic diseases and conditions. Using a small telescope, surgeons are able to insert a long surgical instrument into a small incision to perform surgery. Patients who undergo minimally invasive surgery generally experience faster recovery periods and shorter hospitalization than with traditional open surgery. Many urology surgeries can also be performed as robot-assisted, minimally invasive surgeries. The surgeons at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery, perform a wide variety of routine and complex surgical procedures using the da Vinci® Surgical System.
A few of the urologic procedures surgeons at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery treat include:
A laparoscopic nephrectomy is a minimally invasive technique to remove a diseased or cancerous kidney.
Photoselective vaporization of the prostate
One of the most common procedures for an enlarged prostate is Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate using a green light laser. The treatment is a minimally invasive therapy that evaporates the prostate tissue which is blocking the flow of urine from the bladder.
Transurethral resection of the bladder
This procedure is used to both diagnose cancer of the bladder and to remove cancerous tissue from the bladder. A resectoscope is used to remove the cancer for biopsy and to burn away any cancer cells.
A radical prostatectomy is a procedure to remove the entire prostate gland along with surrounding tissue. The surgeon may also remove nearby lymph nodes to check for cancer spread.
With this type of procedure, surgeons operate with robotic arms to do the surgery through several small incisions in the belly to remove the entire prostate gland and surrounding tissue.
A ureteroscopy is a procedure using a ureteroscope, an instrument for examining the inside of the urinary tract. Through the ureteroscope, the physician can see a stone in the ureter and then remove it.
Common women’s urology surgical procedures performed at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery include:
Surgery for incontinence
If you leak urine when you cough, sneeze or laugh, you may be suffering from stress urinary incontinence (SUI). More than 15 million women suffer from SUI in the U.S. alone. With this condition, the pelvic floor muscles are weakened. This may be due to vaginal childbirth delivery, menopause, and obesity. There are currently no medications approved by the FDA for the treatment of SUI but pelvic muscle exercises (Kegel exercises) may help as well as well as behavior therapies (quitting smoking or losing weight). If surgery is needed, there are various procedures that may provide relief.
One, called the sling procedure, is often the first choice for treating stress incontinence in women. This procedure restores the urethra back to its normal location by placing a special “sling” or hammock under the bladder neck so that it prevents the urethra from opening when you cough or laugh. Typically, vaginal sling procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and recovery time is a few weeks.