Trained, experienced, and highly-skilled in minimally-invasive, robotic urological surgery using the da Vinci surgical system, the surgeons at the Urology Group of Princeton are pleased to share the following video showing the precision of the device. The benefits of robotic urological surgery include better vision, more precision, and more control due to the system’s magnification and 3D capabilities, elimination of tremors, and multiple degrees and directions of movement. Through da Vinci’s robotic wrists, which are capable of rotating 540 degrees, surgeons are able to perform movements that aren’t possible with human hands. In short, the robot is more dexterous and sees better than a human, which decreases the chance of error caused by natural hand tremors. Other bots have followed, but the da Vinci is still the only one approved in the U.S., and completes an estimated 200,000 operations each year.” For more information about robot-assisted surgery for urological issues and to find out if it’s right for you, please call the office (609.924.6487) to schedule a consultation with one of our board certified physicians.
Maintaining good health includes making efforts to keep your kidneys healthy and avoid kidney stones. The kidneys are one of the most hard-working organ systems in your body; they act as a purification system for the blood; filtering out and excreting waste products, and maintaining healthy fluid and electrolyte balances. In addition, the kidneys produce hormones that regulate red blood cell production and blood pressure, and activate vitamin D which plays a key role in bone health. On average, your kidneys will filter about 120 to 150 quarts of blood a day and produce about 1 to 2 quarts of urine, composed of wastes and extra fluid. You can assist this process, and greatly reduce the risk of developing painful kidney stones, by consuming plenty of fluids. To that end, you have plenty of options to help you stay hydrated this summer, which include… Eat more “water-rich” fruits and vegetables like watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit, peaches and cantaloupe. Other options include cucumbers, lettuce, zucchini, celery and tomatoes. Try iced coffee. You may be surprised to know that, not only does coffee count as part of your daily fluid intake, roughly 98 percent of a cup of coffee is water. Try iced tea. In general, tea has about half the amount of caffeine as coffee. Eat cold soups, preferably those that are broth-based. Choose coconut water over fruit juice. Coconut water generally has fewer calories and added sugars than fruit juice and is also a good source of potassium. Whip up a delicious fruit smoothie. Staying hydrated and consuming the recommended amounts of fluid each day will go a long way towards maintaining healthy kidneys and a healthier you. If you have questions or concerns about your kidneys or kidney stones, call the Urology Group of Princeton at 609.924.6487 or schedule an appointment online. The board certified physician/surgeons at the Urology Group are experts trained to evaluate your symptoms, perform applicable tests, and develop the proper treatment plan.
May is Bladder Cancer Awareness month, highlighting the fourth most-common cancer in men. According to the American Cancer Society, over 62,000 cases of bladder cancer are reported in men, and over 18,000 in women, each year. The bladder’s main function is to store urine, manufactured by the kidneys, before it leaves the body. When you urinate, the muscles in the bladder contract, and urine is forced out of the bladder through a tube called the urethra. The wall of the bladder has several layers; most bladder cancers start in the innermost lining of the bladder, which is called the urothelium or transitional epithelium. As the cancer grows into or through the other layers in the bladder wall, it becomes more advanced and can be harder to treat. Researchers do not know exactly what causes most bladder cancers; but they have found some risk factors, which include: Smoking Smokers are at least 3 times as likely to get bladder cancer as nonsmokers. Workplace exposures Certain industrial chemicals have been linked with bladder cancer, such as benzidine and beta-naphthylamine, which are sometimes used in the dye industry. Industries carrying higher risks include makers of rubber, leather, textiles, and paint products, as well as printing companies. Workers with an increased risk of developing bladder cancer include painters, machinists, printers, hairdressers (probably because of heavy exposure to hair dyes), and truck drivers (likely because of exposure to diesel fumes). Certain medicines & herbal supplements According to FDA, use of the diabetes medicine pioglitazone (Actos) for more than one year may be linked with an increased risk of bladder cancer (this possible link is still an area of active research). Dietary supplements containing aristolochic acid (mainly in herbs from the Aristolochia family) have been linked with an increased risk of urothelial cancers, including bladder cancer. Arsenic in drinking water The chance of being exposed to arsenic in drinking water depends on where you live and whether you get your water from a well or from a public water system that meets the standards for low arsenic content. For most Americans, drinking water is not a […]