Cystolithotomy (Bladder Stone Removal)
Cystolithotomy is the remove of a bladder stone. Occasionally a bladder stone may be too large to pass naturally. It may require an open surgical procedure to remove the stone. Robotic cystolithotomy allows for a minimally invasive approach to remove the stone through much smaller incisions than the traditional open approach.
For most patients, da Vinci® cystolithotomy can offer numerous potential benefits over traditional approaches to laparoscopic or open abdominal cystolithotomy. Potential benefits include:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Fewer complications
- Less scarring
- A shorter hospital stay
- A faster return to normal daily activities
Moreover, da Vinci® provides the surgeon with a superior surgical tool for dissection and the removal of bladder stones compared to traditional open or minimally invasive approaches. da Vinci® cystolithotomy also allows your surgeon better visualization of anatomy, which is especially critical when working around delicate and confined structures like the bladder. As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific. While cystolithotomy performed using the da Vinci® Surgical System is considered safe and effective, these procedures may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.