Robotic Radical Cystectomy: The Gold Standard for Bladder Cancer
If you have muscle-invasive or aggressive bladder cancer, you may be a candidate for a type of minimally invasive surgery known as radical cystectomy, or the surgical removal of the entire bladder plus the regional lymph nodes. This surgery is available to patients in Georgia, South Carolina and throughout the Southeast and beyond at the Center for Advanced Robotic Surgery.
How the Procedure is Performed
During this procedure, the surgeon inflates the patient’s abdomen with gas and inserts instruments and a small camera through keyhole incisions in the abdomen. The bladder and surrounding tissue is moved in a block through a separate two-three inch incision.
A pelvic lymph node dissection is also performed to help determine whether the cancer is present in the lymph nodes. Finally, the surgeon performs a urinary reconstruction to allow the patient to expel urine.
Benefits over traditional open surgery include:
- Shorter hospital stays
- Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
- Less scarring
- Less pain
- Less risk of infection
- Quicker return to normal activities
Schedule an online appointment now or call (706) 721-2273 (CARE) to speak to a member of our CARE team. Emergencies are generally seen within 48 hours.