Alex Gorbonos, M.D.
Director, Robotic Surgery
Assistant Professor, Division of Urology
Dr. Alex Gorbonos is the director of robotic surgery within the Division of Urology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery. He specializes in minimally invasive (robotic and laparoscopic) urologic surgery, urologic oncology, endourology (stone surgery) and general urology.
Dr. Gorbonos completed a Urologic Oncology and Advanced Laparoscopy/Robotic Surgery clinical fellowship at City of Hope Cancer Center in Southern California. His mentors at City of Hope, Drs. Timothy Wilson and Mark Kawachi, pioneered the use of robotic surgery in urologic oncology.
He completed residency training in urology at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago area. He received his medical degree with honors from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. He graduated summa cum laude from Millikin University in nearby Decatur with a B.S. in chemistry.
Dr. Gorbonos has clinical and research interests in extending the application of minimally invasive surgery, specifically robotics, to all aspects of urology, with particular interest in urologic oncology. He is a member of the American Urologic Association and the American Association of Clinical Urologists. Dr. Gorbonos is fluent in Russian.
Dr. Gorbonos specializes in minimally-invasive urologic procedures, specifically in robotic-assisted surgery for cancer and non-cancer conditions, including enlarged prostate and stone disease.
URINARY TRACT RECONSTRUCTION
Ureteropelvic Junction (UPJ) Obstruction
URINARY STONE DISEASE
Procedure - Robotic prostatectomy with lymph node dissection (Robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy with bilateral lymphadenectomy)
Explanation: Cancerous prostate is removed along with seminal vesicles and lymph nodes
Procedure - Robotic nephrectomy (Robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical nephrectomy)
Explanation: Entire kidney is removed along with the cancer
Procedure - Partial nephrectomy (Robotic-assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy)
Explanation: Portion of the kidney is removed containing the cancer and the rest of the kidney is spared
Procedure - Robotic cystectomy with urinary diversion and lymph node dissection (Robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical cystectomy, extended bilateral pelvic lymphadenectomy with urinary diversion. Urinary diversion options are orthotopic neobladder, Indiana pouch or ileal conduit)
Explanation: Removal of the cancerous bladder along with surrounding lymph nodes and prostate in a male and uterus/ovaries in a female. Various options are available for bladder replacement. Continent diversions are neobladder and Indiana pouch. Incontinent replacement is ileal conduit.
Procedure – Robotic Partial cystectomy (Robotic-assisted laparoscopic partial cystectomy)
Explanation: Removal of portion of the bladder containing the cancer
Procedure – Robotic adrenalectomy (Robotic-assisted laparoscopic adrenalectomy
Explanation: Removal of the cancer of the adrenal gland
Procedure – Robotic ureterectomy (Robotic-assisted laparoscopic ureterectomy)
Explanation: Removal of the cancerous ureter
Benign (Non-Cancer) Urologic Conditions
Ureteropelvic Junction (UPJ) Obstruction
Procedure – Robotic pyeloplasty (Robotic-assisted laparoscopic pyeloplasty)
Explanation: Repair of the narrowed portion of the ureter
Procedure – Robotic ureteral reimplantation (Robotic-assisted laparoscopic ureteral reimplantation or ureteroneocystotomy)
Explanation: Repair of the injured or narrowed ureter that is causing blockage of the kidney
Urinary Stone Disease
Procedure – Various minimally-invasive procedures utilizing the latest technology to remove stones from the urinary system (ESWL, Ureteroscopy, Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy utilizing Laser lithotripsy)
Procedure – Biopsy of the prostate for elevated PSA level or abnormal prostate exam
Procedure – Greenlight laser vaporization of the prostate for patients with urinary symptoms causing the obstruction
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