Surgery is an option for most people with bladder cancer.
- Transurethral resection (TUR): The doctor uses a cystoscope to treat early bladder cancer. No cut into your body is needed. No incision is needed. This is a type of bladder sparing procedure.
- Cystectomy: The surgeon may remove all or part of your bladder. Removing only part of the bladder is called a segmental cystectomy. The most common type of surgery involves removing the entire bladder, along with nearby lymph nodes and part of the urethra. This is called a radical cystectomy.
- Robotic bladder cancer surgery: This procedure is known as robotic cystoprostatectomy. The John Wayne Cancer Institute specializes in robotic bladder surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System. In this procedure, your surgeon uses a console to control miniature surgical equipment inserted into the body through tiny incisions. This minimally invasive surgery means less blood loss and pain, and a faster recovery.