Canada’s First Robotic Assisted Totally Intracorporeal Orthotopic Ileal Neobladder
Keywords:robotics, urinary diversion, neobladder, orthotopic bladder substitute, intracorporeal, bladder cancer, laparoscopy
Despite robotic-assisted radical cysto-prostatectomy being performed in several centres, the urinary diversion is most often performed extra-corporeal. A robotic intra-corporeal ileal neobladder is technically demanding and long-term functional outcome data is lacking. We performed a robotic intra-corporeal ileal neobladder in a 73-year-old man for muscle invasive non-metastatic bladder cancer. The total operative time was 6 hours 8 minutes. The estimated blood loss was 900 mL. There were no complications and he was discharged on day 12. The principles of open neobladder surgery were maintained, however key modifications were used to reduce technical difficulty and enable timely completion. We found that robotic intracorporeal ileal neobladder can be safely performed with an experienced robotic unit.
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