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Utilizing Advanced Health Care Technology

Advances in health care technology can provide doctors with more options to treat their patients. Technology can make treatments faster, less invasive, more precise or more effective. It can also allow patients to be diagnosed earlier, heal faster and experience fewer side effects or complications.

MultiCare Urology has long been a forerunner in the use of health care technologies in the South Sound, making us among the most experienced providers in the region.

Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Robotics - Technology

MultiCare Urology is a pioneer in the South Sound region when it comes to the use of robotic-assisted surgical techniques. Since implementing the area’s first robotically assisted prostate surgical program in June 2005 using the daVinci Robotic Surgical system, urologists have performed over 1,000 robotic -assisted surgical procedures at MultiCare.

Robotics technology significantly improves the precision with which a surgeon can operate. It allows surgeons to perform more delicate procedures, and make smaller incisions, so surgery is easier on the patient.

Robotic-assisted surgery also offers these potential benefits:

  • Significantly less pain
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • A faster return to normal daily activities
  • Allows surgeons to remove the cancer while bypassing nerves linked to sexual function and urinary incontinence
  • Faster recovery times for erectile function and urinary control

For more information about robotic prostatectomies and other robotic-assisted surgeries performed by MultiCare Urology, visit the Robotic Technology section of this site.


Cryotherapy is a minimally invasive, image-guided treatment that uses extreme cold to freeze and destroy diseased tissue, including cancer cells. During cryotherapy, liquid nitrogen or argon gas flows into a needle-like applicator, creating intense cold that is placed in contact to diseased tissue. The physician uses ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to help guide the applicator to treatment sites located inside the body.

MultiCare Urology offers this same-day, non-surgical treatment for kidney cancer, and is the premiere urologic cancer cryotherapy treatment center in the South Sound.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call one of our convenient locations.