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There are many types of cystectomies, one of which is the removal of all or part of the bladder and possibly the removal of nearby lymph nodes and organs that may contain cancer.

If the bladder is removed, the surgeon creates a new way or path for urine to be stored and to leave the body.

Cystectomy is traditionally performed using an open approach and requires a large abdominal incision to access the bladder. Another approach, conventional laparoscopy, is less invasive and requires great dexterity on the part of the surgeon.

Robotic-assisted surgery is the newest surgical technique for cystectomy. Inova's state-of-the-art da VinciĀ® robotic surgical system allows your doctor to perform surgery through a few tiny incisions and provides enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. Robotic-assisted surgery is far superior to standard laparoscopic procedures or open surgery.

Benefits of robotic-assisted surgery over open surgery include:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Less occurrence of major complications
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery of bowel function

Talk with your surgeon about whether robotic-assisted surgery is an option for you. Or call 1-855-My-Inova (1-855-694-6682) for a referral to one of our da Vinci robotic surgical specialists.