Robotic Surgery for Kidney & Urinary Conditions

Doctors at NYU Langone’s Robotic Surgery Center are using the latest advances to perform robotic-assisted surgery on the kidneys and urinary tract in people who have benign or cancerous conditions.

Conditions We Treat with Robotic Surgery

We treat people who have certain types of cancer, including kidney cancer, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, ureteral cancer, and adrenal cancer.

Experts at NYU Langone’s Robotic Surgery Center also manage benign conditions. These include:

  • benign kidney tumors
  • bladder diverticula
  • Conn’s syndrome
  • Cushing syndrome
  • cystocele, or bladder prolapse
  • eneterocele, or prolapse of the vagina and intestines after hysterectomy
  • functional adrenal adenoma
  • pelvic organ prolapse, including uterine prolapse
  • renal cyst
  • retroperitoneal fibrosis
  • ureteral stricture  
  • ureteropelvic junction obstruction

Our surgeons have pioneered many of the robotic surgical techniques used to manage these conditions, and we have some of the best outcomes in the world. Our research has been commended by the World Congress of Endourology.

Our surgeons have been performing robotic procedures to treat women with urinary incontinence and uterine prolapse for close to a decade, and we’ve taught these techniques to doctors around the world. We perform robotic pelvic organ prolapse repair, a procedure that allows for greater surgical visibility through magnification, which results in more precise movements than with conventional surgical techniques.

Surgeons Use Robotic Technology in Operating RoomNYU Langone’s robotic surgery program has the largest published series in robotic pyeloplasty and urinary reconstruction procedures in the world. These treatments involve removing a blockage of the ureteropelvic junction—which is where the kidney meets the ureter, a tube that connects the bladder and kidneys—and using robotic surgery for ureteral reconstruction.

Among the strategies we have developed is the use of tissue from inside a patient’s mouth to rebuild the ureter. We have also developed enhanced imaging techniques using near infrared fluorescence, known as NIRF, to confirm blood flow to the tissue. We were the first program to perform a robotic-assisted ureterolysis, in which the ureter is freed from surrounding fibrous tissue, and a ureterocalicostomy, which is used in rare cases to treat people with a refractory proximal ureteral stricture or a ureteropelvic junction obstruction.

Our team has performed more robotic partial nephrectomy procedures—surgery to remove part of a kidney, which is often used to manage kidney cancer—than any other team in New York City. We’ve also developed specialized techniques using advanced imaging to minimize trauma to the kidney during surgery. This leads to less blood loss and shorter hospital stays.

Leaders in Robotic Surgery Education

In addition to caring for patients and performing research, experts at the Robotic Surgery Center are also committed to training robotic surgeons in new techniques. Each year, more than 100 surgeons come to NYU Langone to observe our advanced robotic urologic techniques.

In 2015, the Robotic Surgery Center hosted a course in advanced robotic urologic surgery, robotic general surgery, colorectal surgery, and advanced robotic gynecologic surgery. Nearly 500 surgeons from 39 states and 5 countries attended this training session.

Learn more about our research and educational programs.

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment or learn more about our services, call 877-ROBO-NYU (877-762-6698).