What does postoperative care imply following a bladder augmentation procedure?

After bladder augmentation, you should start practicing breathing exercises that help keep the lungs clean and walk every day. The medical staff will tell you what precautions are necessary to avoid the risk of infection. You will also be taught how to irrigate the bladder using a saltwater solution and how to manage the catheter tube.

Bladder augmentation is an operation performed to improve bladder volume, urge symptoms, and incontinence rates in patients with detrusor instability. Following a bladder augmentation procedure, before you are discharged, your doctor will provide you with specific aftercare recommendations for your recovery.

  • Adequate sleep is an important part of the healing process
  • Consume plenty of fluids after this intervention and foods that contain fibers
  • Walking can have a tremendous effect on your recovery after a bladder augmentation procedure
  • Avoid strenuous activities and lifting heavy things as you could actually slow down the healing process and possibly cause injury
  • Take pain-relief medicines as prescribed by your doctor
  • If you have strips of tape on the incision, leave the tape on for a week or until it falls off
  • You can shower after the intervention, but you should avoid the bathtub and make sure you dry the surgical wound after showering
  • Resume normal activities, such as returning to work approximately 6 weeks after the surgery

Remember, bladder augmentation is major surgery - expect a hospital stay of 5 - 10 days. The recovery period is long too; expect to feel tired and lethargic for around a few weeks. As with all major operations, make sure you understand what’s involved and whether this is the right surgery for you – Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital is here to help.

Health conditions and behaviors that may increase risks associated with this procedure

Some of the factors that might increase the risk of complications in the aftermath of bladder augmentation are:

  • chronic diseases such as obesity or diabetes
  • smoking
  • alcohol consumption

If you have any diseases that might impair your recovery, your doctor needs to be aware of them. Habits like smoking or drinking alcohol should be avoided after the surgery because they have a negative effect on your cardiovascular function and immune system and can delay recovery.

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