Robotic Surgery - Urology

When medication and other non-surgical treatments are unavailable or cannot relieve symptoms, surgery is the recommended treatment for many conditions that affect the male reproductive organs and urinary tract organs. These conditions include, among other things, prostate cancer, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction, and vesicoureteral reflux.

The da VinciĀ® Surgical System is being used at Samaritan Medical Center for nerve sparing radical prostatectomy (for Prostate Cancer) and the surgical treatment of other urologic malignancies, as well as reconstructive surgery for benign urologic disease (UPJ obstruction, ureteral strictures, vesicoureteral reflux, among others). It is a minimally invasive approach, using the latest in surgical and robotics technologies and is ideal for both complex and delicate urologic surgeries. This includes prostatectomy, where the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.

The da Vinci Surgery offers patients facing urologic surgery many potential benefits over traditional open surgery, including:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complicationsS
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster return to normal daily activities

The da Vinci Surgery offers many potential benefits for Urologic surgeons such as:

  • Improved optical technology with a high definition image and a 12 X magnified view
  • Improved optical technology with a 3D depth perception of the internal anatomy as compared to the 2D view offered by traditional laparoscopic surgery
  • Improved instrumentation with distal articulation providing greater range of motion and 7 degrees of freedom, allowing the surgeon to operate with the same ergonomic freedom as using his hands and wrists, instead of the rigid instruments used for conventional laparoscopic surgery
  • Improved precision during surgical dissection due to the motion scaling robotic

Find out if your future procedure can be performed through robotic assisted surgery, ask your doctor today, or call the Samaritan Urology Center at 315-782-7230.

Samaritan's da VinciĀ® Robotic Surgeons

RodriguezADirector of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Chief of Urology and Urologic Oncology
Alejandro R. Rodriguez, MD

Dr. Rodriguez completed Medical School at Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico and Residency at University of South Florida/H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, FL.  He received the Genitourinary Oncology fellowship at the University of South Florida/H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, FL and completed the advanced training fellowship programs both in the U.S. and Europe specializing in genitourinary oncology, laparoscopic surgery and robotic assisted surgery.  Dr. Rodriguez is Certified at the American Board of Urology and received his Samaritan Staff Appointment in 2012.

John Barrett, MD
Kenya Cain, MD
Walter Dodard, DO
Nancy L. Hawkins, MD

Kevin L Chandler, MD

General Surgery
Eduardo B. Barayuga, MD
Robert O. Kimball, MD

Robotic Assistant
Janice Shea, PA