Laparoscopic surgery involves using small, articulate surgical tools and a small high-resolution camera. Compared to traditional surgical methods, this approach requires smaller incisions and much less tissue trauma. Dr. Luis Herrera can perform laparoscopic urology procedures at our Tijuana, Mexico, urology center in order to treat cancers of the prostate, bladder, ureter, kidneys, and testes using minimally invasive techniques. He can also perform laparoscopic reconstructive urology procedures to create artificial bladders or ureter reconstruction once the cancerous or noncancerous masses have been removed. Laparoscopic techniques make surgery safer and more efficient, and results in a much faster recovery.
About Laparoscopic Surgery
Traditionally, accessing the organs within the abdomen would require extensive incisions in order for the surgeon to view the treatment area and address the issue. This approach involved extensive trauma to surrounding tissues, greater risks, a lengthy recovery, and significant scarring.
Laparoscopic surgery is often called "keyhole surgery" due to the incredibly small incision required to access the organs. This landmark medical advancement is made possible through the use of very small surgical tools that the surgeon guides by watching a video monitor connected to a very small camera called a laparoscope.
When cancer is located within the prostate, the entire organ must be removed. During this procedure, Dr. Herrera will remove the prostate and some surrounding tissues. Depending on the stage of cancer, he may also recommend removing nearby lymph nodes, the seminal vesicles, and certain parts of the vas deferens in order to ensure the removal of all cancer cells.
For patients diagnosed with bladder cancer, all or a portion of the bladder will need to be removed. Once you have fully recovered from this procedure, additional reconstructive surgery can be performed to create a new bladder.
Compared to traditional surgical methods, this approach requires smaller incisions and much less tissue trauma.
A laparoscopic nephrectomy removes a diseased or cancerous kidney, large kidney stones, and nearby tissues. This procedure can also be performed when only a portion of the kidney needs to be removed.
For patients with a more aggressive type of cancer that covers a larger area in the upper urinary tract or transitional epithelium, a laparoscopic nephroureterectomy can be performed. During this procedure, Dr. Herrera can remove the affected kidney, ureter, adrenal gland, bladder cuff, and surrounding tissues.
Dr. Herrera can remove one or both adrenal glands to treat hormone imbalances or tumor growths. In some cases, a portion of the glands can remain intact to provide full functionality. If Dr. Herrera must remove the entirety of one or both glands, ongoing supplemental drug therapy will be necessary.
Laparoscopic Reconstructive Surgery
After you have fully recovered from your initial laparoscopic procedure, a follow-up surgery may be required to reconstruct the area. Undergoing reconstructive surgery can restore the function of the organ. If the ureter and bladder have been removed, Dr. Herrera can construct a synthetic bladder and ureter to restore your urinary tract.
Schedule Your Visit
If have been diagnosed with cancer in your kidneys, bladder, prostate, or urinary tract, having a laparoscopic procedure performed rather than traditional open surgery can provide better results with minimal scarring. Contact our urology center online or call (619) 739-4865 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Herrera.