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  • One of the few in the Philadelphia region to offer robotic or open surgery for bladder removal (cystectomy)

    Bladder surgery without a urostomy. For patients preferring not to have a urostomy and wear a urostomy bag following bladder removal (cystectomy), we offer a neobladder procedure. This technique creates a alternative storage option known as continent urinary diversion. Doctors use your intestine to create a sack that collects urineallowing for urination via urethra or catheterization.

    Treatment

    Therapies to kill the cancer cells:

    • Chemotherapy
    • Immunotherapy
    • Radiation therapy

    Surgery:

    • Bladder removal (cystectomy)
    • Robotic cystectomy - surgical excision of the urinary bladder
    • Transurethral Resection (TUR) - a cystoscope enters through the natural urethra to destroy or remove tumors in the bladder without incisions
    • Cystolitholapaxy - laser surgery to break apart bladder stones
    • Bladder augmentation - enlarging bladder capacity and making the bladder more elastic

    Non-surgical options:

    • Pelvic floor strengthening, such as Kegel exercises, for incontinence
    • Sacral neuromodulation device for incontinence
    • Bladder training or scheduled voiding for patients to control their urination
    • Medications or hormone therapies may be prescribed if necessary

    Preventive measures:

    • Drinking more water may help prevent bladder stones

    We Specialize in Treating

    Bladder cancer. Abnormal growth of bladder cells. The main symptom is blood in your urine; often does not require removing the bladder.

    Incontinence. Involuntary leakage of urine from the bladder. Incontinence can affect both men and women in any age group but is more common in women and the elderly. Nerve damage, blockage of urine flow or weak pelvic floors can lead to incontinence.

    Overactive bladder. A form of urinary dysfunction that produces a sudden urge to urinate, frequent urination and bladder irritation.

    Voiding disorders. The inability to urinate, urinary urgency, frequency of urination during daytime or nighttime or incontinence which may be caused by infections, inflammation or neurologic or anatomic issues.

    Bladder stones. Crystallized urine that forms when the bladder doesn’t empty completely due to benign prostatic hyperplasia, urinary tract infections, damaged nerves or weakened bladder wall. Symptoms can include:

    • Lower abdominal pain
    • Pain or discomfort in the penis
    • Painful and frequent urination
    • Blood in your urine or cloudy urine.
  • Questions? Call Us:

    1.800.346.7834

    Accreditation & Partnerships


    Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) 
    American College of Surgeons 
    American Urologic Association (AUA) 

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