da Vinci Radical Cystectomy - Treatment and Recovery Options for Bladder Cancer
Recent advancements in minimally invasive surgical technologies mean that savvy patients have options other than conventional surgery. San Francisco's California Pacific Medical Center has invested in the latest, most precise technology - the da Vinci Robot Surgical System, an exciting new treatment option in minimally invasive surgery for conditions including bladder cancer. Use this page to learn more about advanced treatment options via a da vinci Radical Cystectomy, an advanced robotic technic, sometimes known as Robotic Cystectomy.
What is a Radical Cystectomy? How is it used to treat Bladder Cancer?
A Radical Cystectomy is the surgical removal of the bladder. In men, the prostate gland is also removed; in women, the uterus. Generally, a radical cystectomy is done to treat bladder cancer. The da Vinci surgical system can now be used to conduct what is commonly called a 'Robotic Cystectomy,' which is using the da Vinci robot to perform a more delicate surgery than is possible with traditional means. In a Radical Cystectomy for women, the surgeon removes the bladder, uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, front wall of the vagina, and the urethra. Although women who have this surgery are often past the age of menopause, many still have active sex lives. In men the prostate is also usually removed. A cystectomy refers to 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 must create a new way or path for urine to be stored and to leave the body.
Traditionally, cystectomy is performed using an open approach, meaning the surgeon must make a large abdominal incision to access the bladder. Another approach, conventional laparoscopy, is less invasive but due to the surgical instruments used, laparoscopy limits the doctor's dexterity, field of vision and control, compared to open surgery. A da Vinci Cystectomy is a minimally invasive new technique using the da Vinci robot. da Vinci uses state-of-the-art technology to help your doctor perform a precise operation through a few tiny incisions with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.
Radical Cystectomy (Robotic Cystectomy) - da Vinci Robotic Surgery as a Minimally Invasive Treatment Option
If you have been diagnosed with any of the conditions that might warrant a Radical Cystectomy such as bladder cancer, you should consider all your treatment options and work with your physician to identify the best treatment option for you. The da Vinci® Surgical System is one of the advanced, minimally invasive treatment options now provided by California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco. Our top San Francisco based surgeons are highly trained specialists in robotics surgery, including the use of the da Vinci robot for Radical Cystectomy.
A new category of surgery, introduced with the development of the da Vinci® System, is being used by an increasing number of surgeons worldwide for Radical Cystectomy and other urological or gynecological procedures. This minimally invasive approach, utilizing the latest in surgical and robotics technologies, is ideal for delicate surgery. The da Vinci robot allows the surgeon to perform a Radical Cystectomy via laparoscopic surgery and the advantages of this minimally invasive Radical Cystectomy are many.
You may be a candidate for minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery. Doctors at CPMC are using the most advanced technology available, the da Vinci Surgical System. da Vinci allows the surgeon to operate through a few tiny incisions. Advantages include -
- Less blood loss
- Less scarring
- Less pain from surgery
- Shorter hospital stay
- Lower risk of infection
da Vinci is a robotic surgery system in which the surgeon controls a robot through advanced technology. Even with this advanced robotic surgical treatment for conditions such as bladder cancer, the surgeon is always in control. Advanced robotic surgery such as a robotic / da Vinci Radical Cystectomy is one of the many advanced surgeries performed at CPMC, San Francisco.
Is a Radical (Robotic) Cystectomy via da Vinci Robotic Surgery the Best Treatment Option for You?
The conditions which may warrant a Radical Cystectomy are complex, and you should consult with your primary care physician as well as your specialist to consider your best treatment options. da Vinci Radical Cystectomy is one of the newer robotic techniques and has been very successful, when used appropriately. Ultimately, however, only you and your surgeon can decide if da Vinci Radical Cystectomy is the best minimally invasive treatment option for you.
Take the first step and make an appointment with a CPMC physician today. We have several surgeons qualified to use the da Vinci robot for Radical Cystectomy - reflecting an investment in the best surgical technologies used by some of the best surgeons in San Francisco, in California, and in the United States as a whole. We are one of the top-rated da Vinci robotic surgical centers in California, and our staff looks forward to identifying the best treatment options and guidelines for you.
About Robotic Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System at CPMC San Francisco
San Francisco residents as well as people who come from all over the United States know that CPMC’s top surgeons are among the best in the San Francisco Bay area at performing da Vinci Robot-assisted surgeries. In fact, CPMC’s gynecologists perform more da Vinci Robot-assisted surgeries than any other San Francisco Bay Area doctors. Robotic surgery such as the da Vinci surgical system is now the gold standard of treatment for many conditions. Our commitment is to be one of the best robotic and da Vinci surgery centers in the San Francisco Bay Area, in California, and in the United States and to work with our patients to determine the best treatment options, including minimally invasive robotic surgery using the top-rated da Vinci robot. Our Robotic Surgery Department serves the entire San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco and Marin County, as well as the entire Northern California region with da Vinci certified surgeons.
Note: da Vinci takes its name from Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci the famous Italian artist and scientist. “da Vinci” may be misspelled as one word, daVinci, as in daVinci robotic surgery, or daVinci surgery, or daVinci certified surgeon, but the correct spelling is two words, da Vinci.