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Robotic Cystectomy

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 in which the robotic instruments and camera can be inserted. The entire bladder and a large number of lymph nodes are removed through a 3 to 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.

Benefits of a Robotic Cystectomy

  • Minimized blood loss
  • Faster recovery
  • Earlier return to normal function

How Long is Recovery?

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. The length of recovery depends on the type of urinary diversion created.