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Physician performs Complex Kidney Surgery using the da Vinci® Robot at Jackson Hospital

Hospital news | Friday, February 19, 2010

Montgomery, AL- Jackson Hospital urologist, Margaret J. Vereb, MD of Urology Professionals of Alabama, Inc. recently performed Montgomery’s first complex kidney surgeries using the da Vinci® robotic surgical system. After numerous successful radical prostatectomies with this system, Vereb completed a complex ureteropelvic junction reconstruction and a partial nephrectomy, which removes cancerous parts of the kidney.

Ureteropelvic junction obstructers are a common cause of upper urinary tract obstruction that can be clinically silent or might lead to symptoms of pain, chronic urinary tract infections and urinary stone disease.

The da Vinci surgery for kidney conditions uses the best techniques of open surgery and applies them to the robotic-assisted, minimally invasive approach. With the da Vinci robot, Vereb’s patients experience less pain, minimal blood loss, less risk of infection and a shorter recovery time.

“After using the robot for many prostatectomies, we can now expand its use to kidney surgeries,” said Vereb. “The outcome and positive effects of this system are outstanding. Cases like these that require a great deal of sewing are difficult with laproscopy are much easier with the robot.”

Using the da Vinci® system for the complex ureteropelvic junction has helped doctors overcome some of the technical challenges associated with laparoscopic surgery. The precision and dexterity of the da Vinci Surgical System's advanced instrumentation provides for a minimally invasive approach to treating kidney disorders and kidney cancer. Jackson Hospital is currently the only hospital in Central Alabama to offer the da Vinci robotic surgical system.

For more information, please visit jackson.org or call 334-293-8805.