Surgical Specialties at the Minimally Invasive Urology Institute

Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Thrombectomy

The Miriam Hospital surgeons have made history by completing the first robot-assisted inferior vena cava thrombectomy, robot-assisted radical nephrectomy with intraoperative ultrasound in Southeastern New England.

The multidisciplinary team utilizes urologic, vascular, anesthesia, and nursing specialties. This joint approach leads to improved safety during the surgical procedure. 

This procedure is typically performed using open surgery for patients with a large renal mass with tumor thrombus extending into the inferior vena cava. The high-risk, intricate surgery completed in a robot-assisted fashion allows for a shorter hospital stay, significantly smaller incision, decreased risk of bleeding and faster recovery for patients.

The Miriam Hospital is pleased to be one of the very few institutes throughout New England to offer this advanced surgical modality.

For more information or to refer a patient please call 401-793-5400

The surgeons of the Minimally Invasive Urology Institute are among the most experienced in southeastern New England. The institute’s directors have a combined 58 years of urologic experience, and its surgical staff comprises one of the most experienced urologic surgical groups in the region.

Studies have shown that patients have better outcomes and fewer complications when they choose surgeons and hospitals that perform a large number of procedures each year.

Our many years of experience and high volume of procedures translate to the best possible outcomes for our patients.

Conditions We Treat

Our surgeons use minimally invasive approaches to perform complex surgical procedures to treat:

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

The several benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:

  • Smaller surgical incisions of one inch or less
  • Increased potential to preserve function
  • Less blood loss
  • Reduced postoperative pain and discomfort
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster overall recovery
  • Better outcomes