What should I know about the postoperative care for a cystectomy?
You should avoid effort for the first 6 to 8 weeks after undergoing cystectomy. As you recover, the pain will be less frequent, and you will regain your strength. It’s important to take your medication as your doctor told you.
Bladder removal surgery, also called cystectomy, is performed to remove the urinary bladder, the surgeon creating a new pathway for urine to leave the body. Cystectomy is mainly used to treat bladder cancer. It is also sometimes used to treat other tumors in the pelvis, abnormalities, or interstitial cystitis that does not respond to other treatments. Patients should discuss their potential options with their doctor, including the specific steps they should take to prepare for the surgery and how to lower postoperative complications after cystectomy.
After cystectomy you may experience the following symptoms:
How to lower postoperative complications after cystectomy
Patients need to be prepared before going into cystectomy and set reasonable expectations of their post-surgery life
Doctors may also remove the prostate, part of the sperm duct, and the glands that secrete the semen when performing cystectomy on male patients. When female patients undergo radical cystectomy, the surgeons may also remove parts of the vagina, the ovaries, the uterus, the fallopian tubes, and the cervix. The patient is under general anesthesia during the operation.
The patient is released from the hospital only when the new urine evacuation system functions correctly. It will take several weeks to recover after leaving the hospital.
You will feel some discomfort after the surgery and you will be given the necessary medicine to control it. You might have fluid drainage from your urethra. It is possible to have an additional treatment such as radiation therapy or immunotherapy following this procedure.
After cystectomy, it’s important to participate in the follow-up care program recommended by your doctor. However, if you experience any of the following before your follow-up appointment, please call your surgeon’s office at any time:
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