What is radical cystectomy?
Radical cystectomy procedure is a procedure in which the bladder of the person is removed. For men, the entire bladder (radical along with the prostate and seminal vesicles are removed. For women, uterus, ovaries, and part of the vagina are also removed.
How long does it take to do a radical cystectomy?
The bladder removal surgery typically takes anywhere between 4- 8 hours.
What is a radical cystectomy with ileal conduit?
The bladder is the storage container for the urine. Once it is removed during radical cystectomy, a replacement for this function is found by way of an ileal conduit. An ileal conduit is also known as a urinary diversion or urostomy. An ileal conduit will be the new storage area for the urine. The ileum, part of the intestine, makes a good substitute for bladder by way of this arrangement, which is a permanent change.
How long are you in hospital after bladder removal?
The length of stay in the hospital/ bladder removal clinics post the surgery is around 6- 8 days.
What can I expect after a cystectomy?
You will not have normal bowel movements for several days after the surgery, as the intestines recover. You should move around, sit and walk from the day immediately after surgery, to prevent blood clot formation. Avoid stressing out, heavy lifting and strenuous physical activities, at least up to 8 weeks post the surgery.
Can you live without your bladder?
Yes, you can. Urologist in chennai does reconstructive surgery as a replacement for the bladder. They include continent& incontinent diversions and neobladder using intestinal grafts.
Is there an artificial bladder?
Yes! The above-mentioned reconstructive options are technically artificial bladder and they have been proved to be functionally successful.
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