Robotic Cystectomy - Precise Bladder Removal
Bladder cancer is the fourth most common male cancer and the eighth most common female cancer. When non-surgical options are not appropriate or have failed to work, your surgeon may recommend bladder removal to treat your cancer.
How is a robotic cystectomy performed?
- The procedure is performed using general anesthesia.
- Your bladder (and prostate, for a man) can be removed using a robot-assisted approach. As in prostate surgery, this allows for precise visualization and manipulation of the tissues. Five to six small incisions are made for the robotic instruments and camera, and the entire bladder and a large number of lymph nodes are removed through a 3-4 inch incision.
- After the bladder is removed, the surgeon creates a new drainage system for the urine. In most cases, this means using a small piece of intestine to drain into a stoma bag. In some cases a larger piece of intestine can be used to create a reservoir (neobladder) for the urine.
What are the benefits of a robotic cystectomy?
The benefits of a robotic cystectomy include:
- Minimized blood loss
- Faster recovery
- Earlier return to normal function
How long will it take to recover?
Most patients will be discharged from the hospital in 3-7 days and will be able to return to normal function in 4-6 weeks. Recovery depends on the type of urinary diversion created.