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Volume 6 |Article ID 502094 |

Jessica L. Keim, Dan Theodorescu, "Robot-Assisted Radical Cystectomy in the Management of Bladder Cancer", The Scientific World Journal, vol. 6, Article ID 502094, 6 pages, 2006.

Robot-Assisted Radical Cystectomy in the Management of Bladder Cancer

Academic Editor: William D. Steers
Received28 Nov 2005
Revised18 Mar 2006
Accepted20 Mar 2006


The application of robotic technology to laparoscopic surgery has the potential to revolutionize the entire field of urology. The use of robotic-assisted radical cystectomy has been demonstrated in the literature only within the past 3 years, as much of the reconstruction and urinary diversion techniques associated with radical cystectomy are considered more technically challenging than other procedures. Here we review the available literature pertaining to this procedure, which consists of a limited number of case reports, case series, and pilot or feasibility studies. While theses results seem to point towards less blood loss, lower transfusion rates, and shorter hospital stays compared to open radical cystectomy, definitive conclusions and recommendations cannot yet be made because of a lack of larger and/or prospective studies or randomized trials.

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