Robotic Ureterolysis with Omental Wrap for Retroperitoneal Fibrosis (RPF)

Retroperitoneal fibrosis (RPF) is an autoimmune disease that can cause scar tissue to grow around the ureter, blocking the flow of urine and causing it to back up into the kidneys.

Fortunately, these blockages can often be removed through a minimally invasive procedure known as robotic ureterolysis with omental wrap. The surgery is available to patients in Georgia, South Carolina, the Southeast and beyond at the Center for Advanced Robotic Surgery.

How is the Procedure Performed?

During the procedure, the surgeon inserts small instruments and a camera through keyhole incisions in the abdomen and carefully cuts through the scar tissue to release the ureter.

The surgeon then takes a part of the omentum, or layer of fat that overlies the bowels, and wraps it around the ureter. This wrap increases blood flow to the ureter and forms a protective layer to protect the ureter from new scar tissue.

Better Visualization. Greater Precision.

The robotic surgical system lets your surgeon perform a more precise, minimally invasive procedure. It offers:

  • Superior tools for dissection and removal of damaged tissue or organs
  • Better visualization, which is critical when working around delicate and confined structures

Benefits Over Traditional Open Surgery

  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
  • Less scarring
  • Less pain
  • Less risk of infection
  • Quicker return to normal activities

Schedule an online appointment now or call (706) 721-2273 (CARE) to speak to a member of our CARE team. Emergencies are generally seen within 48 hours.