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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?

  1. The procedure is performed using general anesthesia.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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