Alternatives to robotic surgery include open surgery, observation or a combination of chemotherapy, radiation and transurethral bladder tumor resection (scraping). Removal of the bladder either via robotic surgery or open surgery is the standard of care for locally advanced tumors. If you chose to have surgery for your bladder cancer the surgeon (urologist) will discuss the different ways to perform the operation.
Surgery to remove the bladder for invasive cancer is called a “radical cystectomy.” Surgery can be performed in the traditional “open” way in which large incisions (cuts) have to be made to allow the surgeon to remove the bladder. This is called an “open radical cystectomy.”