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Robotic Cystectomy (Bladder)

Over 73,000 new cases of bladder cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. every year, with 9 out of 10 patients being over the age of 55, according to the American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates in 2012.

Bladder cancer is a malignant growth in the cells that make up the lining of the bladder. Fortunately, about half of all patients are diagnosed while the cancer is still confined to the inner layer of the bladder, often making more treatment options a possibility.

Treatment Options
There are four standard treatment options for bladder cancer:

  • Biologic therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • Surgery

Depending on the type and stage of bladder cancer, several treatments may be used in combination to increase the likelihood of a cure. Surgery is the most common treatment, and is performed in over 90% of bladder cancers (either alone are in combination with another therapy). For patients with muscle invasive bladder cancer, a radical cystectomy is the preferred form of treatment.

A cystectomy is the removal of all or part of the bladder and possibly the removal of nearby lymph nodes and organs that may contain cancer. If it is necessary for the bladder to be removed, a new way for urine to leave the body will be created. In some cases, a urinary diversion will be performed, creating a new way for your body to store and pass urine.

A cystectomy is traditionally performed using an open approach, which requires a large abdominal incision. Conventional laparoscopy is an additional, less invasive method, but limits offers limited dexterity, visualization and control, compared to open surgery.

Robotic Cystectomy
Robotic cystectomy is the newest and least-invasive surgical option to treat prostate cancer that incorporates the best techniques of open surgery and applies them to a robotic-assisted, minimally invasive approach. With greater surgical precision than conventional instrumentation, robotic cystectomy offers numerous potential benefits over a conventional open surgery.

Benefits of Robotic Cystectomy:
  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer transfusions
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Better clinical outcomes, in many cases

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is patient- and procedure-specific. For more information about robotic urologic surgery at Rochester General Hospital, please contact us at any time.