Cystectomy (Bladder Cancer)

If your doctor recommends surgery for bladder cancer, you may be a candidate for a new, minimally invasive approach—robotic-assisted cystectomy. A cystectomy is the removal of all or part of the bladder.

Robotic-assisted surgery uses state-of-the-art technology to help your doctor perform a more precise operation than conventional surgery allows. It offers several potential benefits over a conventional open surgery, including:

  • 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 

Robotic-assisted cystectomy incorporates the best techniques of open surgery and applies them to a robotic-assisted, minimally invasive approach.

The precision and dexterity of the da Vinci® Surgical System™ allows your doctor to perform a minimally invasive surgery to treat bladder cancer. As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is unique to each patient and procedure.

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If you are a candidate for a cystectomy, talk to a urologist who performs robotic-assisted surgery for bladder cancer.

While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci Surgical System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.