Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery

Our goal, with each patient we treat, is to provide the safest and most effective treatment available. Our surgeons are committed to using the most innovative and minimally invasive techniques wherever possible, to create a better surgical experience and outcome. 

Minimally invasive procedures require fewer and smaller incisions, and in some cases no external incisions, than those needed for traditional “open” surgery. With smaller incisions, patients can benefit from shorter recovery times and hospital stays, less postoperative pain and discomfort, and better cosmetic results with minimal or no visible scarring.

A robotic-assisted surgical system provides all the benefits of minimally invasive procedures while allowing surgeons to perform surgeries with higher precision. During robotic surgery, our highly trained and skilled surgeons control every aspect of the procedure at a sophisticated robotic platform. The surgeons’ hand movements are translated into precise, micro-movements of the robotic instruments.

Yale Urologists perform many robotic procedures including:

  • Nerve sparing prostatectomy
  • Partial nephrectomy
  • Radical cystectomy
  • Ureterectomy with reconstruction
  • Lymph node dissection
  • Nephroureterectomy
  • Pyeloplasty

Other procedures performed with minimally invasive techniques include:

  • Full nephrectomy
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Cryoablation of kidney tumors
  • Kidney stone surgeries
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • penile prosthetic surgery

Other leading-edge, minimally invasive technologies used at Yale include transvaginal, minimally invasive techniques; GreenLight PVP Laser Therapy for benign prostatic hyperplasia; and infrapubic techniques for penile prosthesis.

Pediatrics

Our pediatric surgeons offer minimally invasive techniques for infants and children. Our pediatric urology team are experts in endoscopic, laparoscopic and robotic surgery including robotic-assisted laparoscopic pyeloplasty for ureteral pelvic junction obstruction and ureteral reimplantation for vesicoureteral reflux.