A cystectomy is the removal of all or part of the bladder and possibly the removal of nearby lymph nodes and organs that may contain cancer. If the bladder is removed, the surgeon creates a new way or path for urine to be stored and to leave the body.
Cystectomy is traditionally performed using an open approach, meaning the surgeon must make a large abdominal incision to access the bladder. Another approach, conventional laparoscopy, is less invasive but due to the surgical instruments used, laparoscopy limits the doctor's dexterity, field of vision and control, compared to open surgery. Today, there is a less invasive approach to the treatment of bladder cancer using the da Vinci® Cystectomy. A robotic cystectomy uses state-of-the-art technology to help your doctor perform a precise operation through a few tiny incisions with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.
da Vinci® Surgery offers several potential benefits to bladder cancer patients over traditional open surgery, including:
The robotic-assisted surgery program is led by Ingolf A. Tuerk, MD, PhD, chief of Urology and director of the Robotic-assisted Surgery Program at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, an expert in laparoscopic and robotic urologic surgery.
What makes Dr. Tuerk special is that he is an oncologist (a specialist in treating cancer), and is laparoscopically trained, which is a unique combination and guarantees expertise all aspects of the treatment of urological cancer including prostate cancer. Dr. Tuerk is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in laparoscopic and robotic surgery and has pioneered many procedures. He was one of the first surgeons in the world to perform laparoscopic prostate cancer surgery starting in April 1999.
Ingolf A. Tuerk, MD, PhD is chief of Urology and director of the Robotic-assisted Surgery Program at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. Dr. Tuerk is a world renowned expert in laparoscopic and robotic urologic surgery and has pioneered several laparoscopic techniques including radical prostatectomy, radical and partial nephrectomy, right side donor nephrectomy, pyeloplasty, and radical cystectomy with continent urinary diversion.
As director of Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery at Charite Hospital in Berlin (1997-2002) and a Lahey Clinic in Burlington (2003-2008), Dr. Tuerk established successful programs focused on using laparoscopy and robotics to treat cancers of the kidney, testis, bladder and prostate. Since November 2006, Dr. Tuerk has become an expert in the use of the da Vinci® Surgical System, recently acquired by St. Elizabeth’s, and has performed 1,500 robot-assisted radical prostatectomies in the past two years, the most performed by a single surgeon in New England during that time period.
Dr. Tuerk has been an invited speaker and lecturer at many national and international meetings and a visiting professor and guest surgeon performing laparoscopic and robotic radical prostatectomies, radical cystectomies and kidney procedures in the United States, Europe, South American, and Asia. He has served as proctor and teacher for many surgeons around the world related to performing complex laparoscopic and robotic urologic procedures.
The more procedures a physician performs, the better his results tend to be. The experience of Dr. Tuerk, and his team, allows them to individually design each case and more aptly address unforeseen complications.
Our goal is to deliver the "TRIFECTA" and return the patient to a healthy and long life, free of cancer, which includes:
Dr Tuerk, and his team, offer patients:
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