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New Robotic Procedure Offers Patient Relief and Faster Recovery

Dr. Julien Dagenais and Dr. Mark Jones of The Urology Center of Colorado performed the first robotic-assisted ileal conduit urinary diversion with cystectomy at Swedish Medical Center in November, 2018.

Brianna Robinson, the first patient at Swedish Medical Center to receive this new minimally invasive procedure, suffered from interstitial cystitis, or IC, a very painful chronic bladder health issue that is often mistaken for a urinary tract infection. The procedure was performed by urologists Julien Dagenais, MD, and Mark Jones, MD, of The Urology Center of Colorado. “I’m very lucky to have these amazing doctors,” said Robinson.

A robotic-assisted cystectomy is a minimally invasive technique performed using the da Vinci Xi® Surgical System, a specialized surgical tool that allows the surgeon better visualization and improved fine motor control. Patients benefit from a shorter hospital stay and an even faster return to a normal level of activity with fewer noticeable scars.

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