(1) Overview

The Department of Urology treats a wide variety of diseases including male reproductive system tumors such as adrenal gland tumors, urinary tract infection diseases such as ureteral calculus, urinary function related diseases such as overactive bladder, urogenital infections such as cystitis, and male genital diseases such as erectile dysfunction. We aim to provide treatments that will preserve normal tissue as much as possible and lead to and early recovery.
The Prostate Center treats prostate gland diseases in general, while focusing on the treatment of enlarged prostate gland and prostate gland cancer. We provide a wide variety of treatment including medical treatment, surgery, and radiological treatment.

(2) Policy

Preserving Normal Tissue and Enabling Early Recovery of our Patients

Our Department/Center has been making great efforts to reduce damage to non-cancerous areas as much as possible to preserve the primary organ functions to minimize the impact on the patient’s daily lives after the treatment. We introduced laparoscopy, and surgical robots to perform surgery with less burden for our patients to support the early return to normal life.

(3) Our Strengths

Focusing on Minimally Invasive Techniques

For cancer treatment at our department, we have been putting a lot of effort on minimally invasive techniques to reduce the damage to normal tissues. We minimize the impact on the non-cancerous areas as much as possible to preserve the original organ functions so that patients will be able to return to their normal daily lives after the treatment.
We proactively perform laparoscopy on patients who have cancer where tissue-preserving treatment is difficult, such as kidney cancer, renal pelvis cancer, ureter cancer, and renal pyeloplasty, and try to perform minimally invasive surgery with less burden for patients to support patient’s early return to normal life. In April 2016, we implemented robot assisted nephrectomy under laparoscopy.

Robot-assisted Prostatectomy

Our Department/Center has implemented a robotic endoscopy surgical system called “Da Vinci”. Presently, total prostatectomy can be performed by laparotomy and laparoscopy, but the Da Vinci surgical system is considered as having the benefits of both of these surgical procedures. Firstly, because the arms of the robot can move smoothly like human joints it enables the robot to finely and precisely suture together the wounds. Secondly, the volume of bleeding is less under laparoscopy than the original procedure which requires an incision into the chest. Furthermore, the surgical scars are smaller and there is less pain after surgery.

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 dimension, which leads to an accurate surgery and reduction of bleeding and/or duration of the surgery.
The system can be utilized in team medicine because the whole team, including nurses and anesthesiologists, can share the same images. Furthermore, it also helps when explaining to our patients.

Message to our patients

Our Department/Center performs treatment as a team of professionals and focuses on a system that can provide a safe surgery and treatment to patients. If you would like to receive cancer surgery, please bring the referral letter from your previous doctor. If possible, please bring the latest documents including diagnostic images and pathological diagnosis.
Also, please bring your medication notebook if you have one, because depending on the medication you are taking, for example, if you take anticoagulant medication, there may be possibility of bleeding during the surgery. At our Department/Center, the pharmacists confirm the medications that you are currently taking before the surgery and in such cases the medical notebook will be helpful for providing smooth treatment.