Removal of the urinary bladder in patients with bladder cancer is usually done by opening the abdomen. With this operation, the risk of complications (for example blood loss or inflammation) is quite high. A robot can help the surgeon perform the operation without opening the abdomen, potentially reducing the risk of complications. In this thesis, the open technique was compared to the robot and no important differences were found between the techniques. The robot does cost more money. Further research shows that learning the robot technique can take place in a laboratory, which may prevent complications during the learning process. With new robotic systems coming to market, costs are likely to come down.
Carl Wijburg (1974) obtained his academic degree in Medicine at Utrecht University in 2000 and has been working as a urologist in Rijnstate hospital, Arnhem since 2008. In 2015 he started his PhD research in the field of robotic surgery for bladder cancer at Radboud University.