Minimally invasive solutions for cancer and stone treatment
Kidney stones and prostate cancer are not just signs of aging. They also don’t have to mean a ticket to dangerous, invasive surgery. Thanks to the skill of urologists like Dr. Carson Wong MD, FRCSC, FACS, the Medical Director of the Center for Minimally Invasive and Robot-Assisted Surgery at Parma Community General Hospital, many of these diseases can be treated through minimally invasive or robot-assisted surgery.
Laparoscopy is surgery performed through several tiny “keyhole” incisions. A laparoscope is inserted through one incision to view the inside of the abdomen and surgical instruments are inserted through the other incisions.
With robot-assisted surgery, the surgeon utilizes instruments with nearly 360-degree range of motion, a 3-D magnified image of the surgical area and hand controls that filter out any unintended movement. Dr. Wong is skilled at performing these and other surgical techniques for the following conditions.
Utilizing laparoscopic or robot-assisted surgery, Dr. Wong can effectively treat cancers that occur in the kidney, ureter, adrenal gland and prostate.
Urinary Tract Reconstruction
Laparoscopic or robot-assisted surgery can often be used to reconstruct the kidney, ureter and bladder.
Minimally invasive surgery works well for stone removal using:
- Shock wave lithotripsy to break up stones formed in the kidney and ureter
- Ureteroscopy, where a very thin instrument is utilized to identify and remove stones from the kidney and ureter
- Percutaneous nephrolithotomy, where a stone is located and removed with a nephroscope through the patient’s back.