Urology Surgery at Tampa General Hospital
Patients who require urology surgery are in good hands at Tampa General Hospital. Our surgeons are capable of addressing a wide range of urological conditions and practice the latest advances in urological surgery to achieve a better quality of life for patients.
Tampa General Hospital first in Florida to use new single-incision robot
Tampa General Hospital is the first hospital in Florida to offer the most advanced robotic technology that involves cutting just one small incision to allow for a faster and less painful recovery for urologic procedures.
The da Vinci SP system allows a camera and three surgical instruments to fit inside a tube that passes through a single one-inch wide incision, instead of the four required by the current generation of robots. This “single port” allows surgeons to use a minimally invasive approach, even for complex procedures, that combines deep access with flexible camera visibility and precision.
Below is a brief overview of our surgical treatment options:
- Cystoscopy – A urology surgery to view the inside of the bladder and urethra using a thin instrument that features a microscope-like lens and a small light. It is often used in conjunction with other instruments to treat urinary conditions.
- Endourology – A minimally invasive surgery used to treat a variety of urologic conditions involving the insertion of a thin telescopic instrument through a body cavity.
- Laparoscopic surgery – A minimally invasive surgery using a small telescope connected to a camera, along with long, thin instruments that are inserted through tiny incisions.
- Lithotripsy – A surgery that uses high-energy shock waves to break apart gallbladder and kidney stones, as well other types of stones.
- Nerve sparing surgery – A surgery used to remove the prostate gland in a male patient with prostate cancer while disturbing as few of the nearby nerve structures as possible.
- Percutaneous nephrolithotomy – A surgery used to remove stones that are too large for a lithotripsy or are located in a challenging area.
- Robot assisted surgery – A urology surgery that utilizes advanced robotic technology to enhance surgical visualization, precision, and access to confined areas of the body while minimizing incision lengths and streamlining recovery.
- Ureteroscopy – A surgery to remove a stone wedged in one of the ureters, which are ducts that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. A surgeon may either remove the stone through a wire inserted into the ureteroscope or break apart the stone with a laser beam so it can pass through the ureter.
- Vasectomy – A urology surgery to make a male patient sterile by cutting and sealing a section of both vas deferens, the tubes that deliver sperm during ejaculation.
- Vasectomy reversal – A surgery to reverse the results of a vasectomy, allowing the patient to deliver sperm during ejaculation.
Treatment for urological disorders will vary according to the stage and type of each patient’s condition, as well as his or her healthcare preferences. Contact Tampa General Hospital if you would like to consult with a physician about your urology surgery options.