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Robotic cystectomy

Robot-assisted bladder cancer surgery

Robot-assisted surgery to remove a cancerous bladder

About

This innovative procedure uses the advanced da Vinci® SI robot to remove a bladder. Having a cystectomy will change the way you pass urine. You may need a cystectomy for a number of reasons, including high-grade bladder cancer, bladder damage caused by cytoxic treatment and uncontrollable bleeding.

Need to know

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    Your consultant surgeon will start by making several small cuts (keyholes) in an area of skin near your bladder. They'll then use the da VinciĀ® Si robot to find and remove your bladder. Your consultant will be in the same room as you but they'll operate the robot from a console. This lets them perform more precise movements than traditional surgery and can make for a quicker procedure. During the surgery, your consultant will create a new way for you to pass urine. This could be in the form of urinary diversion (a urostomy stoma) or a neobladder replacement. You'll be under general anaesthetic for the surgery, which means you'll be asleep.
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    You'll be asked to arrive at the hospital either on the day or morning before your robotic cystectomy. You won't be able to eat six hours before the procedure but you can drink clear,still water up to three hours before it. Your consultant will explain what else to expect prior to the surgery. They will also explain what will happen during the surgery and outline any possible risks and side effects. If you're having a urstomy stoma fitted (a urine collection bag), a nurse specialist will explain how this works and how to care for it.
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    After the operation, you'll be transferred to an intensive care unit for a recovery period of 24-48 hours. Once stable, you'll be taken to the main ward. Your consultant or nurse will let you know when you can leave the hospital and if you should arrange for someone to take you home.
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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Childrens enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • The Christie Clinic Facility

    The Christie Private Care

    Wilmslow Road

    Manchester

    M20 4BX

    Enquiries 0161 918 7296
    Reception 0161 918 7538

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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