(1) Overview

The Department of Urology treats a wide variety of diseases from common reproductive diseases such as erectile dysfunction and urinary tract infection/stones to more complex reproductive tumors such as adrenal gland cancer. We aim to provide surgical treatments in order to preserve normal healthy tissue as much as possible, allowing early recovery for the patients.

Our Prostate Center treats all sorts of prostate diseases, however we have a particular interest in treatment of enlarged prostate gland and prostate cancer. We offer patients a range of options including medical, surgical and radiological treatments.

(2) Policy

“Preserving More Healthy Tissues Means Earlier Post-Operative Recovery for our Patients”

Preservation of patient`s quality of life matters after treatments of urological diseases. Our Department/Center has been making great advance in minimizing damage to non-cancerous healthy tissues, thus reducing the impact of the surgery on the patient’s daily lives. We have achieved this by incorporating laparoscopic techniques and robot assisted technologies to perform surgery.

(3) Our Strengths

Focusing On Minimally Invasive Techniques

For cancer treatment at our department, we have been devoting much effort on minimally invasive techniques to reduce the damage to normal healthy tissues.
We proactively perform laparoscopic surgeries on patients who have types of cancer where the tissue-preserving treatment is difficult (kidney cancer, renal pelvis cancer, ureteral cancer, and renal pyeloplasty). In April 2016, we implemented the innovative robot-assisted nephrectomy (kidney removal) under laparoscopic guidance.

Robot-Assisted Prostatectomy

Our Department/Center has implemented a robotic endoscopy surgical system called “Da Vinci”. At present, total prostatectomy can be performed either by laparotomy or laparoscopy, but the Da Vinci surgical system enabled our surgeon to benefit from best of these two different surgical approaches.

Firstly, because the arms of the robot can move smoothly like human joints, the technology enables the robot to perform precise movements to suture the wounds. Secondly, the volume of bleeding is usually reduced under laparoscopic techniques compared to the conventional approach that normally required an incision into the chest. The surgical scars are usually smaller with less pain after the surgery compared to the conventional approach.

Implementation of Virtual Reality (VR) Surgical Navigation

Our Department/Center has implemented a VR surgical navigation system. The VR surgical navigation is a system to make two dimension CT and/or MR data into three dimensions, allowing surgeons to perform more accurate surgeries with reduction of bleeding and/or duration of the surgery.
The system can foster sense of team medicine because the whole team, including nurses and anesthesiologists, can share the same images during the surgery. In addition, the sharing of the images with the patients often helps us to explain about the treatment more effectively.

Message for our patients

Our Department/Center values team approach to the treatments and we constantly strive to improve our system in order to provide safer treatments to our patients.
We are looking forward to consult with you at our hospital. In order to reduce unnecessary investigations, please bring a referral letter from your previous doctor if possible, with the latest documents including diagnostic images and pathology reports. We would also appreciate you bringing your medication records. Medications such as blood thinning tablets may increase the risk of bleeding during the operation and the record will help our pharmacists to check with you the most up to date medications prior to your surgery.