da Vinci Surgery

The da Vinci robotic method is named after master artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci, because he invented the first robot. The system’s robotic platform enables the surgeon to perform incomparably complex and delicate procedures with unparalleled accuracy—all through the smallest incision.

Patients experience

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter recovery time
  • A faster return to normal activity

How it Works

  • Small incisions are made to introduce miniaturized instruments and a high-definition 3D camera.
  • The surgeon sits at the da Vinci console just a few feet from the patient. From here, the surgeon will view a magnified, 3D image of the surgery site.
  • The surgeon’s hand movements are translated into extremely precise micro-movements of the da Vinci instruments.
  • The surgeon controls the entire procedure with maximum accuracy and minimum invasion. The robot is never in control; rather, it is the tool to focus the surgeon’s skill.

Is da Vinci Surgery Safe?

The short answer is yes. It is a proven technique, used in tens of thousands of procedures worldwide. Just as with traditional surgery, the patient is under the care of at least two medical professionals—the surgeon and at least one assistant. The da Vinci system reduces tremor movement, delivering precision that surpasses the human hand. And, the system performs millions of safety self-checks during the operation.

Is It Covered by My Insurance?

da Vinci surgery is classified as a robot-assisted, minimally invasive method and is covered by Medicare and many other insurance plans. However, you will need to check with a plan administrator to make sure your plan and benefits cover da Vinci.

da Vinci Urologic Procedures

  • Adrenalectomy – Removal of one or both adrenal glands, which are located above each kidney for cancer or mass
  • Cystectomy – Removal of all or part of the bladder for cancer and non-functioning bladder
  • Nephro Urectomy – Removal of both kidney ureter and bladder caff for cancer
  • Partial Nephrectomy – Removal of part of the kidney for renal cancer
  • Radical Nephrectomy – Removal of all of the kidney for renal cancer
  • Pyeloplasty – Removal of blockage in the renal pelvis
  • Simple Prostatectomy – Removal of a large prostate for urinary obstructive symptons
  • Radical Prostatectomy – Removal of the prostate for prostate cancer
  • Female Urology Anterior Sacral Colpopexy – Vaginal Prolapse repair

At USONV, Dr. Kassahun and Dr. Ludlow use the da Vinci method in their practice. Dr. Kassahun, who has been with USONV since 2004, is the group’s lead da Vinci surgeon and performed the very first da Vinci surgery at Summerlin Hospital and Medical Center when the technology was introduced in 2008.

If you’re considering a urologic surgical procedure using the da Vinci method, please consider the specialists at USONV. For an appointment to meet Dr. Kassahun or Dr. Ludlow and to further discuss your surgical options and possibilities, please contact scheduling at 702.877.0814.

Photo Credit: Sam Morris/Las Vegas Sun

Photo Credit: Sam Morris/Las Vegas Sun