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 the bladder is removed, the surgeon creates a new way or path for urine to be stored and to leave the body.
Cystectomy is traditionally performed using an open approach, meaning the surgeon must make a large abdominal incision to access the bladder. Another approach, conventional laparoscopy, is less invasive but due to the surgical instruments used, laparoscopy limits the doctor’s dexterity, field of vision and control, compared to open surgery.
If you require surgery for bladder cancer, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive da Vinci Cystectomy. da Vinci uses state-of-the-art technology to help your doctor perform a precise operation through a few tiny incisions with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.
da Vinci Surgery If you require surgery for bladder cancer, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive da Vinci Cystectomy. Robotic surgery offers several advantages over traditional open surgery including:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Less occurrence of major complications
- Shorter hospital stay
- Quicker recovery of bowel function
For additional information on minimally invasive surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System visit www.davincisurgery.com/urology