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About Dr. Rene Sotelo

Rene Sotelo, MD, is an experienced and internationally recognized laparoscopic and robotic surgeon. He is a pioneer in robotic surgery, specifically in robotic surgery for benign prostate enlargement and complex urinary fistulae in both females and males. Dr. Sotelo helped develop the novel concept of single-port "belly button" surgery and natural orifice surgery. Hailing from Latin America, he has won over 23 awards from scientific and government organizations worldwide. Dr. Sotelo has had the honor of being invited as a visiting professor to 35 universities in 19 countries internationally, where he demonstrated advanced robotic and laparoscopic techniques at live surgical symposiums. Additionally, he has published more than 50 peer reviewed scientific papers, 28 chapters in major urology books and three textbooks.

Areas of Expertise

Prostate Cancer

  • Robotic nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy
  • Robotic simple prostatectomy for benign disease

Kidney Cancer

  • Robotic complex partial nephrectomy (kidney-saving surgery); Robotic radical nephrectomy

Bladder Cancer

  • Robotic radical cysto-prostatectomy with intra-corporeal neobladder and extended lymphadenectomy

Belly-Button Surgery

  • Single-port laparoscopic/robotic surgery

Other Urological Diseases

  • Robotic and laparoscopic repair of recto-urethral fistula, vesico-rectal fistula and vesico-vaginal fistula
  • Robotic and laparoscopic radical inguinal lymphadenectomy for penile cancer
  • Robotic and laparoscopic surgery for benign kidney disease: kidney stones, uretero-pelvic junction obstruction, ureteral reconstruction
  • Robotic and laparoscopic adrenalectomy