Bladder surgery for cancer
Bladder surgery for cancer is needed for patients with bladder tumors that may also be causing severe bladder symptoms, such as blood in urine (hematuria), painful urination, urinary retention, and frequent urination. Depending on the location and causes of the cancer, surgery for cancer bladder conditions may involve just bladder tumor removal or the removal of the bladder. This surgical procedure is called a cystectomy. A partial cystectomy is when a surgeon removes only part of the bladder. Sometimes the cancer of the bladder has spread beyond the bladder and requires a radical cystectomy, when the bladder and surrounding organs have to be removed.
Bladder cancer cystectomy can be done three different ways. Cystectomy surgery can be an open surgery, when we make an incision in the abdomen to access the bladder. A less invasive method is the laparoscopic cystectomy, when our surgeons insert specialized instruments into the abdomen through small incisions, including one with a camera to project the surgical site onto a monitor.
A third type of bladder cystectomy is the da Vinci surgery for cancer of the bladder. This involves the use of a da Vinci robot in a similar way to the laparoscopic cystectomy. The robot allows our doctors to have even finer control and conduct better suturing while seeing the surgical site under a magnified high definition 3D view. This procedure also allows the doctor to maneuver better through the nerve bundles without causing damage.
Besides determining a detailed family and medical history and conducting several diagnostic tests, our doctors may perform a bladder cystoscopy to further evaluate your symptoms. By inserting a cystoscope into your urethra and into the bladder, we can remove bladder stones, urine samples, or tissue samples to perform a biopsy and test the severity of your bladder cancer. We can make a proper diagnosis and evaluate the type and location of the cancer, the cancer stage and grade, and your general health and response to treatment in order to give you a more accurate bladder cancer prognosis.
Bladder surgery for cancer is one of our many specialties. Our world-class physicians at Urology Specialists are highly trained in urologic surgery procedures, including bladder surgery for cancer. Dr Fernando Bianco is the Chief of Robotic Surgery of the Columbia University Division of Urology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida, and Dr Edward Gheiler, who founded Urology Specialists ten years ago, is the Chief of Urology at Palmetto Hospital, which is located right across the street from our office. We have a dedicated staff of sixteen that will provide you the reassurance, attention, and bladder cancer treatment you need to ease your concerns and help you cope with your condition.