The bladder is an organ that stores urine and is located in the lower abdomen. Bladder cancer occurs when a growth of malignant cells compresses the lining of the bladder. Every year in Spain around 10,000 people with bladder cancer are detected.
- Treatment: The treatment depends on how advanced the pathology is in each patient. There are four basic options: Surgery, Radiation, Chemotherapy and Biological Therapy.
The particular situation of each person and the extent of their pathology determine the approach through one or several alternatives to increase the chances of cure. Surgery is the most common treatment option: about 90 percent of people who have been diagnosed with bladder cancer are operated on to remove the malignant cells. For patients who have a tumor that invades the muscular layer of the bladder, radical cystectomy is the most appropriate therapeutic option.
- Cystectomy: This technique involves the total or partial removal of the bladder and, possibly, the lymph nodes and nearby organs that may be affected. After the excision, the surgeon must perform a reconstruction of the urinary tract, either through an outlet to a bag in the abdominal wall (stoma) or making a new bladder using intestine, so that the patient continues to urinate through the penile urethra . Cystectomy is traditionally carried out using an open surgical approach, forcing the specialist to make a very large incision. Conventional laparoscopic techniques, although less invasive, limit the surgeon's margin of maneuver, reducing his skills, field of vision and control during the intervention.
- Robotic cystectomy: If your doctor recommends you undergo an intervention, you could be a candidate for the most advanced and safest surgery system in the world: The Da Vinci System, the maximum expression of minimally invasive surgery. The Da Vinci Robotic Surgery System is the most relevant technological advance of recent years in the field of surgery and allows your surgeon to reach a level of excellence and precision that is impossible to obtain otherwise. Among its many advantages are:
- Less pain for the patient.
- Significant reduction in blood loss.
- Less blood transfusions during the procedure.
- Less risk of infection.
- The size of the scars is much smaller.
- A shorter stay in the hospital.
- A much faster recovery of the patient.
- Highly satisfactory clinical results.