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Kenneth Jacobsohn, MD, Assistant Professor of Urology, Director of Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery

Update: Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery

For most of the past decade, Medical College of Wisconsin physicians have performed a significant volume of hand assisted laparoscopic radical nephrectomies, as well as several different conventional laparoscopic procedures. In fact, some of Wisconsin’s first laparoscopic partial nephrectomies were performed at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin in 2006. Following recent faculty changes, we have significantly changed the breadth of robotic assisted laparoscopic procedures we routinely perform.
With the addition of Kenneth Jacobsohn, MD, assistant professor of Urology as our director of Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery, we now offer a full complement of robotic upper and lower urinary tract surgery. Dr. Jacobsohn has performed more than 60 robotic partial nephrectomies since late 2008. His experience is the largest in Wisconsin and among the largest regionally.

Robotic renal surgery is the fastest growing urologic application of robotic surgery, and offers all the benefits of minimally invasive surgery — less pain, decreased blood loss and faster recovery — while maintaining oncologic principles and renal function. Changing from a predominantly open surgical approach to robotic partial nephrectomy for straightforward and complex renal masses has had a tremendously positive impact for our patients. This cutting-edge approach to renal surgery shortens hospital stays and recovery times.

Dr. Jacobsohn has also brought with him expertise in robotic radical cystectomy and urinary diversion. We are thrilled to be able to offer this minimally invasive option to the often challenging bladder cancer population. Certainly, experience with this operation is vital to patient outcomes. Our urologists are among regional and national leaders in robotic cystectomy volume. We have found that
our results mirror those in the published literature with faster recovery, less pain and fewer complications compared to open radical cystectomy. All types of urinary diversions are possible and performed with this approach. At Froedtert & The Medical College, robotic cystectomy is now the standard for appropriately selected bladder cancer patients.
In place since 2006, our robotic assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALRP) experience continues to grow, and our team is among the busiest and most experienced in the state. Of course, our philosophy is to help our prostate cancer patients choose the right individualized treatment from the wide variety of options available, and RALRP is one of those choices. Similarly, our long-standing program of radical retropubic prostatectomies continues to thrive.
We are excited for the future of robotic and laparoscopic urology at Froedtert & The Medical College. In addition to the aforementioned operations, we also routinely perform robotic pyeloplasty, robotic radical nephrectomy, robotic nephroureterectomy and other robotic and laparoscopic reconstructive procedures. We are confident that changes in our treatment armamentarium will continue to mean quality outcomes for our patients.


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