Robotic Assisted Surgery for Ureteral Conditions
What are the different ureteral conditions that may require surgical intervention?
The ureter is a tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder. The upper half of the ureter is located in the abdomen, while the lower half is located in the pelvic area. This tube has thick walls which have contractibility.
Conditions affecting ureter may affect passage of urine and blockage may lead to inflammation of kidney or Pyelonephritis.
Some of the common ureteral conditions which may require surgery are
- Infections of the urinary tract and system
- External trauma (like a car accident or other physical injury)
- Scarring due to previous surgery
- Radiation Therapy in surrounding organs (eg: for cervical cancer)
- Retroperitoneal Fibrosis
- Ureteral Reflux
- Blockage between kidney and ureter or ureter and bladder.
Delay in treatment of these conditions can result in permanent damage of the kidney.
What are the types of Robotic Surgical Procedures for Ureteral Problems?
Many surgical procedures are available to treat these problems
- Robotic Surgery for Removing Ureteral Blockages (known as strictures)This procedure removes the blocked portion of the ureter and reconnects the healthy ends in order to create new patent tube for passage of urine.
- Robotic-Assisted Ureteral ReimplantationThis procedure is done if the ureteral blockage is near the bladder. The ureter is sewed directly into the bladder bypassing the blockage.
- Robotic-Assisted Urinary Tract ReconstructionThis is donefor Vesicoureteral reflux (when urine flows backwards- from the bladder towards the kidney). In this, the surgeon repositions or reconstructs the ureter to prevent further reflux.
Depending on your condition we can help you choose the best robotic surgery,to know more, book an appointment today.
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