Robotic Radical Cystectomy

Dr Albert Tiu is an experienced urologist in using the state-of-the-art Da Vinci robot to improve bladder cancer outcomes. This advanced technology has the potential to shorten patient recovery time which is the reason why more of our patients are considering robotic cystectomy.

What is a radical cystectomy?

Radical cystectomy, the preferred treatment for muscle-invasive bladder cancer, is the complete removal of the bladder, prostate, seminal vesicles and surrounding tissues in men. In women, it connotes the removal of the bladder, uterus, ovaries and part of the vagina, if necessary. After the bladder is removed, an alternative form of urinary diversion is constructed.

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.

What are the benefits of a robotic radical cystectomy?


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