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Urologic Surgery


The field of urologic surgery studies and manages both surgical and non-surgical disease of the urinary tract. The primary organs of interest are the adrenal gland, kidney, ureter, bladder, prostate and male reproductive organs. For many of these disease processes, surgery plays a central role in definitive management.

At University of Missouri Health Care, our surgeons offer a wide variety of surgical approaches, including endoscopic, laparoscopic, open and robotic assisted. Our comprehensive approach to the management of urologic oncology, female urology, benign prostate disease, urinary stone disease, pediatric urology, reconstructive surgery, infertility and transplantation is unparalleled in mid-Missouri.

Facing any kind of urologic surgery creates a great deal of anxiety for most patients. Among your concerns is: "Will my body function normally following surgery?" Traditional open urologic surgery, in which large incisions are made to access the abdomenal and 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 unattractive surgical incision.

A new category of surgery, introduced with the development of the da Vinci Surgical System, is being used by an increasing number of surgeons worldwide for prostatectomy and other urologic procedures. This minimally invasive approach, utilizing the latest in surgical and robotics technologies, is ideal for delicate urologic surgery.

Why our doctors use da Vinci
Using the da Vinci Surgical System, our urologists have a better tool to spare surrounding nerves, which may enhance both your recovery experience and clinical outcomes.

Advances in three-dimensional imaging capabilities and the development of more precise instrumentation movement and control are the keys to this state-of-the-art technology. Radical prostatectomy is an ideal procedure for robotic application as the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.

Read more about how MU Health Care physicians are using the da Vinci Surgery System for:

Our da Vinci specialists
Naveen Pokala, MD   Mark Wakefield, MD

Am I a candidate for da Vinci surgery?
If you would like to discuss your surgical options with one of our urologists, please call one of the following clinic locations to schedule a new patient consultation:

If you wish to be seen at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, please call (573) 882-8445.
If you wish to be seen at University Hospital, please call (573) 882-1151.




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