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Since the first acquisition of a da Vinci robot at Geneva University Hospital in February 2006, the Division of Urologic Surgery has rapidly developed its robotic activity by initiating a program mainly devoted to radical prostatectomy, pyeloplasty and ureteral reimplantation. Since 2009, the operative spectrum has been broadened to partial nephrectomy.
In order to promptly reach success and efficiency, 2 partnerships have been concluded : one with Prof. T. Ahlering (University of California, Irvine, USA) and Prof J Hubert (Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nancy, France). Close contacts with Prof V Patel (Robotic Center, Orlando, Florida, USA) have also been established, including visits in Orlando. This has led to quick standardisation of the procedures, and hence garanty their efficacy.
In 2008, Geneva University Hospital has upgraded its da Vinci robot with the acquisition of the 4S-High Definition version. In 2010, a second robot was acquired: the 4SI-High Definition version. A second similar unit was acquired in December 2012. In April 2015, these 2 robots were upgraded to the latest version Xi.
As of October 2015, over 850 da Vinci urological operations have been performed in our Division, namely over 550 radical prostatectomies, 70 pyeloplasties, 30 procedures on the ureter, so as over 100 partial ablations of the kidney. Initially majority of surgeries were performed by the head of the Robotic Urology Division, in order to rapidly obtain optimal results. The efficiency of these techniques have been reported at the Congress of the European Urologic Association (EAU). At this time there are 3 regular operators performing the surgeries.