Robotic cystectomy

A Radical Cystectomy is the surgical removal of the bladder. In men, the prostate gland is also removed; in women, the uterus. Generally, a radical cystectomy is done to treat bladder cancer. The da Vinci surgical system can now be used to conduct what is commonly called a ‘Robotic Cystectomy,’ which is using the da Vinci robot to perform a more delicate surgery than is possible with traditional means. In a Radical Cystectomy for women, the surgeon removes the bladder, uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, front wall of the vagina, and the urethra. Although women who have this surgery are often past the age of menopause, many still have active sex lives. In men the prostate is also usually removed. A cystectomy refers to 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 must create a new way or path for urine to be stored and to leave the body.

Traditionally, cystectomy is 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. A da Vinci Cystectomy is a minimally invasive new technique using the da Vinci robot. 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.
Benefits
1. Minimal damage to vital muscle and delicate nerve tissue as a result of the surgery.
2. A shorter hospital stay and an even faster return to a normal level of activity.
3. Fewer noticeable scars.
4. Minimized risk of blood loss.
5. Minimized chances of post-operative infections.
6. Minimized chances of post-operative incontinence or impotence.
7. Minimal post-operative pain and discomfort.