Robotics: Edited by Li-Ming SuRole of robotics for ureteral pelvic junction obstruction and ureteral pathologyLeveillee, Raymond J; Williams, Steve K Author Information Department of Urology, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, Florida, USA Correspondence to Raymond J. Leveillee, MD, FRCS, Professor and Chief, Division of Endourology, Laparoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Department of Urology, University of Miami School of Medicine, 1400 NW 10th Avenue, Suite 507, Miami, Florida 33136, USA E-mail: [email protected] Current Opinion in Urology: January 2009 - Volume 19 - Issue 1 - p 81-88 doi: 10.1097/MOU.0b013e32831c887e Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose of review To review the role of robotics for the management of ureteral pathology, in particular, ureteropelvic junction obstruction and ureteric stricture disease. Recent findings Minimally invasive surgery has an expanding role in the management of ureteric pathology. Minimally invasive surgery modalities are associated with decreased morbidity when compared with open reconstructive techniques. Robotics solves many of the technical complexities that may be prohibitive with standard laparoscopic surgery such as intracorporeal suturing. Several studies have demonstrated equivalent or superior short-term outcomes in comparison to traditional open techniques. Encouraging long-term data are now emerging for robotic pyeloplasty. Summary In 2008, robotic surgery appears to be a feasible and effective alternative to laparoscopy for reconstructive procedures of the ureter and may represent a potential solution to some of the drawbacks associated with ureteric reconstruction. © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.