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ureteropelvic (UPJ) obstruction

In this video, surgeons remove an obstruction in the ureter that is blocking the flow of urine from the kidney to the bladder.


extravesical reimplantation

This video shows how ureteral reimplantation is done outside the bladder.



intravesicle reimplantation

This video shows how ureteral reimplantation is done inside the bladder. Boston Children’s Hospital was the first hospital to perform this pediatric robotic procedure.




With this condition, the distal ureter at the opening of the bladder forms a balloon where urine collects and does not flow into the bladder. This can lead to increased infection or potential leaking of urine if the wall of the ureter becomes too weak. This video demonstrates how ureterocele can be addressed surgically.




Occasionally, one section of the ureter may be connected to the side of the ureter to get around a blockage. This video shows how two structures in the ureter are connected (anastomosis), which may be required after the excision of the damaged portion of the ureter.



When the ureter becomes enlarged and prevents efficient peristalsis to flow urine normally, it is called a “megaureter.” This video shows how that problem is addressed surgically.



bladder augmentation

This video show bladder augmentation, a procedure that is done robotically to enlarge the bladder and reduce its pressure.





In this procedure, the appendix is used as a catheter-like structure. A connection is made from the bladder to the outside skin surface so that the patient can remove urine. 



bladder neck reconstruction

This video show the reconstruction of a bladder neck that is lacking.



Watch Boston Children's specialists perform an intravesical ureteral reimplantation using robotic surgery to correct VUR in a patient. The team discusses additional procedures that can be carried out using robotic surgical techniques, such as pyeloplasty, continent urinary diversion and bladder augmentation.

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