Only a handful of surgeons in the country are trained to perform single-port robotic surgeries for bladder cancer and prostate cancer. Dr. Raj Pruthi, chair of the UCSF Department of Urology and a pioneer in robotic surgery for the past 15 years, is one of the few early adopters.

Dr. Pruthi recently performed the first single-port robotic radical cystectomy in California, as well as the first single-port robotic radical prostatectomy at UCSF. We talked to Dr. Pruthi about the procedures and their advantages.