Robotic Pyeloplasty

  • Naveen Kachroo
  • Sri Sivalingam
  • Sara L. BestEmail author


Pyeloplasty remains the gold standard treatment for ureteropelvic junction obstruction. With the introduction of laparoscopic pyeloplasty in the 1990s, patients with this condition began to reap the benefits of minimally invasive reconstructive surgery, though the technical complexity of intracorporeal suturing impaired the rapid widespread adoption of the laparoscopic approach. With the introduction of the robotic surgical platform, however, the hurdles of learning curve and intracorporeal suturing were lowered, improving access to minimally invasive pyeloplasty. Robotic pyeloplasty has demonstrated therapeutic equivalence to laparoscopic pyeloplasty with a faster learning curve and easier adoption than standard laparoscopy due to its distinct advantage with intracorporeal suturing. In addition, the non-extirpative nature of pyeloplasty has made it an appealing target for technological advances on the horizon of minimally invasive surgery, such as laparoendoscopic single-site surgery. This chapter details the application of robotic pyeloplasty, with specific details and images on operative technique. Contemporary outcomes and complications of this procedure are also presented.


Ureteropelvic junction obstruction Pyeloplasty Robotic surgery Laparoendoscopic single site surgery 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Naveen Kachroo
    • 1
  • Sri Sivalingam
    • 1
  • Sara L. Best
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of UrologyGlickman Urological and Kidney Institute, Cleveland ClinicClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Department of UrologyUniversity of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public HealthMadisonUSA
  3. 3.William S. Middleton Veterans Memorial HospitalMadisonUSA

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