Minimally Invasive Treatment for Bladder Cancer

leslie-deane-rushBy Leslie A. Deane, MD

Bladder cancer can be a devastating diagnosis, especially when the deep muscle of the bladder is involved. It affects approximately 76,000 people in the United States annually, with 18,000 deaths. Men are affected three times as often as women.

The treatments for this condition are life-changing, to say the least, and the goal of surgeons treating patients is to minimize the morbidity and hasten recovery, attempting to normalize quality of life thereafter.

Robotic surgery has changed the approach to patients with this disease, allowing duplication of open techniques, albeit with a less invasive alternative. We have been able to remove the bladder, remove the lymph nodes and reconstruct the bladder using the small intestine, all inside the body (intracorporeal).

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Joint Replacement Surgery Changed Her Life

Arthritis pain made every step Mary Rose took excruciating, but specialists told her she had to wait until she was 50 to have joint replacement surgery. She made an appointment with Craig Della Valle, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago who specializes in treating arthritic hips and knees.

After having hip replacement surgery and knee replacement surgery at Rush, she was able to walk down the aisle at her wedding without pain.