A cystoprostatectomy is a procedure in which the bladder and prostate gland are surgically removed, along with the surrounding lymph nodes. It is a combination of a cystectomy (removal of the bladder) and a prostatectomy (removal of the prostate gland). Sometimes, the seminal vesicles, or the glands near the prostate that help produce semen, will be removed during the procedure as well.
Although the cystoprostatectomy has been a key aspect of cancer treatment since the late 1800s, modern medical advancements have produced notable improvements in recent years. For instance, surgeons may take a minimally invasive approach by performing the surgery through a small incision in the abdomen. Alternatively, surgeons may perform a cystoprostatectomy with the assistance of a robotic surgical system, which enhances precision while minimizing scarring and recovery times. Nerve-sparing techniques may also be used to help preserve feeling and function in the penis.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, we are nationally recognized leaders in prostate cancer surgery and are constantly developing innovative options to make prostate cancer treatment less invasive and more effective. This has led to:
- Improved patient outcomes and quality of life
- Exceptional patient satisfaction rankings of more than 95 percent
- The National Cancer Institute naming Moffitt a Comprehensive Cancer Center – the only such center based in Florida
When a man chooses to receive his cystoprostatectomy at Moffitt, he can trust that he is in competent hands. Our surgeons have helped thousands of patients fight cancer through advanced surgical procedures that were once thought to be impossible. And, because we perform a high volume of cystoprostatectomy procedures every year, our surgeons understand the best approaches and techniques for each patient’s unique situation.
Medically reviewed by Monica Chatwal, MD.