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Urologic Symptoms

Your urinary systemis made up of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. The key elements inthe system are the kidneys. Your kidneys are a pair of fist-sized organslocated below the ribs toward the middle of the back. The kidneys remove extraliquid and waste from your blood in the form of urine.

Narrow tubes calledureters carry urine from your kidneys to your bladder (sack-like organ in thelower abdomen). Urine is stored in your bladder and empties through a narrowcanal called the urethra.

When parts of theurinary system are not functioning as they should, symptoms can vary or you maynot have any early symptoms. Symptoms can be mild, moderate or severe.

Some typical signsand symptoms of urologic conditions such as urinary/kidney obstruction, bladdercancer, kidney cancer or prostate cancer may include:1

  • Blood in your urine or semen
  • A lump in your abdomen
  • Unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite
  • Pain in your side or lower back
  • Changes in urination (inability, frequency, pain, less output, incontinence)
  • Feeling the need to urinate without results
  • Sensation that the bladder is not completely empty after urinating
  • Trouble starting or holding back urination
  • Aweak or interrupted flow

PN 1002341 Rev A 04/2013


  1. American Cancer Society www.cancer.org . URL: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/kidneycancer/detailedguide/kidney-cancer-adult-diagnosis

Important Safety Information

Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery, up to and including death. Individual surgical results may vary. Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision. Please also refer to  http://www.daVinciSurgery.com/Safety for Important Safety Information.

When Is Single-Site Technology Used and What Are the Risks?

da Vinci Surgery with Single-Site® Instruments is cleared for use in gallbladder removal, and for hysterectomy and ovary removal for benign conditions. Patients who are not candidates for non-robotic minimally invasive surgery are also not candidates for da Vinci Surgery, including da Vinci Surgery with Single-Site Instruments. There may be an increased risk of incision-site hernia with single-incision surgery, including Single-Site surgery with the da Vinci System.


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