Invasive bladder cancers are often very aggressive and require complex surgeries, such as bladder removal and urinary tract reconstruction. Because these surgeries are so complex, they are associated with significant complication and readmission rates.
With robotic techniques, Penn urologists can perform a radical cystectomy through very small incisions. We can also conduct a urinary diversion completely robotically or through a small incision once the cystectomy is completed.
Robotic cystectomy has been shown to have similar cure rates to that of the open approach. However, using a minimally invasive approach allows for less blood loss and pain, as well as a potentially shorter hospital stay and quicker recovery.
Penn urologists were early adopters of robotic surgery in the treatment of bladder cancer and have been performing robotic cystectomies since 2008. Our surgeons are experts in all forms of urinary diversion including neobladder reconstruction (continent urinary diversion) as well.