The urologists at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital have vast experience in treating incontinence issues and the various methods of treatment found at our facility will definitely improve the comfort in your life. Bladder augmentation is a major surgery that needs to be performed by skilled professionals using the latest procedures and techniques. Our facility has a dedicated staff able to help you recover and provides access to state-of-the-art technology required for this procedure to have the wanted result – complete restoration of your health.
Bladder augmentation or augmentation cystoplasty is a surgical procedure performed so that the bladder can safely support a large volume of urine without causing high pressure or urinary leakage. It is mainly recommended for people who have untreatable urinary incontinence or other dangerous bladder conditions that may negatively affect kidney function.
During a bladder augmentation surgery, the surgeon removes strips of tissue from the intestinal tract and adds them to the tissue of the bladder in order to make it bigger.
During surgery, the bladder is also opened at the dome and cut at the right angles in order to create a claim-like shape where the bowel patch is then attached with sutures or staples.
Today, many techniques are available for urinary tract reconstruction and even though most of them are open procedures made through an incision, some patients may be candidates for robot-assisted procedures.
Bladder augmentation is used to treat serious and irreversible forms of urinary tract diseases such as incontinence.
The main goal of this surgical intervention is to enable the storage of urine at low pressure and help the patient achieve continence.
It is also very useful to protect the upper urinary tract from damages and improve the patient's ability to empty the bladder in a timely manner.
Early complications can include cardiovascular and trombo-embolic problems, acute intestinal obstruction caused by adhesion, which can occur years after the surgery, or incomplete voiding of the bladder after the surgery, which requires intermittent catheterization. In extreme cases, serious complications such as cancer of the intestinal tissue with the bladder might appear, ten years of surveillance being recommended after the surgery.