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Urinary Reconstruction Surgery

Understanding Urinary Reconstruction Surgery

Urinary reconstruction surgery is a procedure that can help treat blockages and obstructions in the urinary tract. This surgery is performed by urologists and involves repairing damaged areas to restore normal urine flow and kidney function.

What Causes Urinary Blockages?

Urinary blockages can be present at birth, which is known as a congenital condition. However, urinary obstructions can also develop later in life due to factors like:

  • Scar tissue forming in the urinary tract
  • Kidney stones
  • Swelling or inflammation

Signs of a Urinary Blockage

Some symptoms that may indicate a urinary blockage include:

  • Pain in the back or side
  • Recurring kidney infections
  • Fever and chills
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Blood in the urine

If you experience any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your urologist right away for an evaluation.

Treatment Options Overview

There are a few different surgical options to remove urinary obstructions and repair any damage. The type of surgery recommended will depend on factors like the location and severity of the blockage.

A small scope and tools are inserted through the urethra to remove scar tissue or small kidney stones at the blockage site.

The surgeon makes an incision in the side or abdomen to directly access and repair the blocked kidney/ureter junction.

Smaller incisions are made and the surgery is performed with the assistance of a camera and magnified view. This can be done laparoscopically or robotically with the da Vinci system.

How the da Vinci System Works

The da Vinci system allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive pyeloplasty using tiny instruments guided by a 3D high-definition camera. This gives the surgeon a magnified view inside the patient’s body to precisely repair the urinary blockage. The da Vinci instruments can bend and rotate similar to a human wrist, enabling great control and accuracy. This minimally invasive approach typically results in shorter hospital stays, less pain, and faster recovery compared to open surgery.

Recovering After Surgery

Understanding Your Options

Urinary reconstruction surgery is very effective at treating blockages when performed by a skilled urologic surgeon. To determine if it’s right for you:

There are many excellent minimally invasive treatment options available today. Schedule a consultation with a urologist to learn more. Relief from urinary blockages is possible with the right surgical care.

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