What is a robotic-assisted radical cystectomy?
Robotic radical cystectomy uses a combination of high-definition 3D magnification, robotic technology and miniature instruments to enhance a urologic surgeon’s skills when removing a cancerous bladder.
Open radical cystectomy requires one large incision and retraction to accommodate human hands. However, only tiny incisions in the abdomen are required for the slender robotic arms and tiny surgical tools used in a robot-assisted radical cystectomy.
The da Vinci robot has four available arms – one equipped with a high definition 3D magnification camera, two that act as the surgeon’s arms and a fourth arm that is used for holding back tissue. The surgeon remotely control the robotic arms while seated at the console, located a short distance away from the patient. These smooth and effortless movements, along with the wristed capabilities of the robotic arms, are the most significant advantages that robotic surgery has over traditional open surgical procedures.