Robotic Surgery

Dr. Colton and Dr. Zimmerman offer technologically advanced treatments including the following:

  • da Vinci® robotic surgery - performed at St. Clare's Hospital and Morristown Memorial Hospital for prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer and pelvic organ prolapse.

When medication and other non-surgical treatments are either unavailable or cannot relieve symptoms, surgery is the accepted treatment for a broad range of conditions that affect the male reproductive organs and the organs of the urinary tract. These conditions include, but are not limited to, prostate cancer, ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction, bladder and kidney cancer and vesicoureteral reflux.

DaVinci Robotic Surgery

Facing any kind of urologic surgery creates a great deal of anxiety for most men. Among your concerns is: "Will my body function normally following surgery?" Traditional open urologic surgery – in which large incisions are made to access the pelvic organs – has been the standard approach when surgery is warranted. Yet common drawbacks of this procedure include significant post-surgical pain, a lengthy recovery and an unpredictable, potentially long-term impact on continence and sexual function.

Fortunately, less invasive surgical options are available to many patients facing urologic surgery. The most common of these is laparoscopy, which uses small incisions. While laparoscopy can be very effective for many routine procedures, limitations of this technology prevent its use for more complex urologic surgeries.

DaVinci Robotic Surgery A new category of surgery, introduced with the development of the da Vinci® Surgical System, is being used by our doctors for prostate surgery, bladder surgery, kidney surgery, and pelvic organ prolapse. This minimally invasive approach, utilizing the latest in surgical and robotics technologies, is ideal for delicate urologic surgery. This includes prostatectomy, in which the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function. Using da Vinci, your surgeon has a better tool to spare surrounding nerves, which may enhance both your recovery experience and clinical outcomes.

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Dr. Zimmerman performed the 1,000th case of robot-assisted, minimally invasive surgery at the Center for Robotic Surgery using the da Vinci Si Surgical System.
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