How to Choose a Urinary Diversion with Dr. Robert Svatek

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In Episode 32, Part 1 of Bladder Cancer Matters, host Rick Bangs talks with Dr. Robert Svatek. Dr. Svatek is one of the top five highest-volume bladder cancer surgeons in the United States, performing over 60 bladder removal procedures (cystectomies) yearly. Choosing a urinary diversion is among the most difficult decisions patients must make and Dr. Svatek provides valuable information about how to make an informed decision.

Rick and Dr. Svatek talk about:

  • What a urinary diversion is
  • What patients should consider when choosing a diversion
  • Diversions that a patient could choose from and how are they constructed
  • Rick’s experience as a patient who had a neobladder constructed in 2006
  • What to look for in a surgeon and how and how to find that person
  • Advantages and disadvantages or robotic vs. open surgery to remove the bladder
Dr. Robert Svatek

Stay tuned for Episode II of the conversation between Rick and Dr. Svatek.

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