Robotic Surgery Specialist

Golden Gate Urology Berkeley -  - Urologist

Golden Gate Urology Berkeley

Urologists & Pediatric Urologists located in Berkeley, CA

A wide range of urologic conditions require surgery for successful treatment. At Golden Gate Urology Berkeley in Berkeley, California, the practice offers a number of innovative and effective treatments using robotic surgery. Led by urologist Joel A. Piser, MD, Chi K. Lee, MD, Andrew J. Pienkny, MD, Daniel Oberlin, MD, and Greg A. Barmé, MD, the practice offers personalized urologic care and superior outcomes for patients of all ages. To speak with the team about your condition, call or book an appointment online today.

Robotic Surgery Q&A

What is robotic surgery?

Also known as robot-assisted surgery, robotic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical technique that allows your doctor to perform complex procedures through very small incisions. At Golden Gate Urology Berkeley of Berkeley, the team uses an advanced surgical robot that’s fitted with miniaturized instruments and a magnified 3D camera. Your doctor controls these instruments from a nearby console that allows them to guide the precise movements of your surgery. 

What are the benefits of robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery has a number of benefits that can’t be achieved with traditional surgical techniques. Benefits include:

  • Reduced trauma
  • Reduced risk of complications
  • Less pain
  • Quicker recovery

Robotic surgery allows your doctor to take a minimally invasive approach to procedures that would otherwise require large incisions. Traditional surgery causes immense trauma to the body, which increases your recovery time and your risk of complications. With robotic surgery, you can return to your normal activities in as little time as possible.

What procedures are available?

Golden Gate Urology Berkeley offers a number of safe and effective robotic surgeries including:

Robotic prostatectomy

A robotic prostatectomy is the surgical removal of the prostate. Prostatectomies are performed to treat prostate cancer and severe benign prostate hyperplasia (prostate enlargement). Your doctor may perform a partial prostatectomy to remove a portion of the prostate or a radical prostatectomy to take out the entire gland. 


A cystectomy is a procedure used to remove your bladder. Cystectomies are used to treat conditions like cancer of the bladder, colon, and prostate. Your doctor may perform a partial cystectomy to remove part of your bladder, but leave enough to maintain normal urinary function. In some cases, your doctor may perform a radical cystectomy, which involves full removal of the bladder along with nearby structures like the prostate, seminal vesicles, uterus, and ovaries. 


If you suffer from kidney cancer or have a tumor on your kidney, your Golden Gate Urology Berkeley provider may perform a nephrectomy to remove one of your kidneys. Depending on your condition, your doctor may remove a portion of your kidney (partial nephrectomy) or remove the entire organ (radical nephrectomy). With robotic surgery, your doctor can remove your kidney through a series of small incisions. 

Ureter implantation

Your ureters are responsible for carrying urine from your kidneys to your bladder. When the ureters aren’t positioned correctly, it can affect your urinary functions and disrupt the normal flow of urine. Ureteral implantation is a simple procedure that corrects the position of the ureters. 

What should I expect during my consultation?

The team specializes in personalized urologic care. During your consultation, your doctor performs an in-depth evaluation to determine your needs. The team works with you to develop a treatment plan, and ensures that you fully understand the ins and outs of your upcoming procedure. 

The team prioritizes safety and comfort to ensure the best outcomes for each patient. To find out if robotic surgery is right for you, call or book an appointment online today.