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da Vinci ® Cystectomy

Surgeons using the da vinci surgical robot to perform a Cystectomy

The da Vinci ® system can be used to perform a radical or partial cystectomy for the treatment of bladder cancer. Surgeons use the da Vinci ® system to assist in carrying out bladder removal. Though the surgeon remains in control of the robot, the entire operation is performed using minimally invasive techniques that leave little scarring and require a shorter recovery time. In comparison to traditional cystectomy, additional benefits of undergoing a da Vinci ® cystectomy include:

  • Lower risk of post-surgical complications
  • Less time spent in the hospital
  • Less time on a modified diet after surgery
  • Faster return of normal bowel function
  • Diminished need for narcotic pain management following surgery


Did you know…

that more than 68,000 new cases of bladder cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. every year? Of those, approximately 90 percent of all patients undergo bladder surgery as a part of a cancer treatment plan. Cystectomy procedures can be used to remove either part or all of the bladder, as well as some surrounding structures like the seminal vesicles and prostate in men, and the uterus and ovaries in women.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for da Vinci ® cystectomy?

Da Vinci cystectomy can be used for nearly all bladder cancer surgeries. However, it is up to you and your doctor to determine whether robot-assisted surgery is right for you. Speak with your urologist about minimally invasive cystectomy at your next appointment.

What should I expect during the da Vinci ® cystectomy procedure?

You will be fully sedated for the duration of your surgery. A series of very small incisions will be made along your abdomen rather than the single large incision associated with traditional open bladder cancer surgery. Your surgeon will take control of the da Vinci ® robotic hands while the robot works to correct human error and shaky hand movements. Together with the da Vinci ® system, your surgeon can successfully remove your bladder, lymph nodes, and other target structures quickly, efficiently, and as least invasively as possible.

What should I expect during the recovery period?

You can expect to remain in the hospital for at least 2 days following your cystectomy. Following this initial recovery period, your body will continue to heal for many weeks following the procedure. You can return to work soon after coming home, but you should avoid heavy lifting. Your urologist will give you additional instructions for bathing, bending over, eating, and other day-to-day activities.

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