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da Vinci® Cystectomy

Experienced robotic surgeons at Steward are using the da Vinci® Cystectomy, a revolutionary minimally invasive cancer surgery to help patients diagnosed with bladder cancer.

The da Vinci robot provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy by putting a surgeon’s hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. Surgeons operate through a few small incisions instead of a large open incision. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist and it enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity, and control.

The benefits of having a da Vinci Cystectomy may include:

  • Lower risk of major complications 
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
  • Faster recovery
  • Less pain and scarring
  • A quicker return to a normal diet
  • Quicker recovery of bowel function

Watch Dr. Ingolf Tuerk discuss robotic surgery at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in an episode of the Chronicle.

Dr. Tuerk on Chronicle


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What is Bladder Cancer?

Bladder cancer is a disease in which cancer cells grow in the bladder. Read more about bladder cancer...

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At the Bladder Cancer Center, our team uses a state-of-the-art less invasive approach, along with traditional methods, to treat bladder cancer. Read more about bladder cancer treatments...

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