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Surgical procedure to treat bladder cancer is Radical Cystectomy, wherein the bladder is removed along with a part of lymph nodes and, in some cases, nearby organs.
In men, prostate gland, seminal vesicles and portion of vas defernes are also removed. While in women, cervix, uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and part of vagina are also removed.
After the surgery, the urinary tract will be reconstructed.
The surgeon will recommed radical cystectomy to treat bladder cancer. Symptoms of bladder cancer include:
The doctor will recommend the following:
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, and can take upto 3 to 4 hours.
For open surgery, the surgeon will make a long incision in the lower abdomen area to access the bladder and lymph nodes.
For laparoscopic surgery, several small incisions are made in the lower belly. A laparoscope containing camera is inserted from one of the cuts, and surgical tools are inserted from other incisions.
The surgeon has to create a passage for the urine to pass out of the body. This can be done using
The patient has to stay in hospital for 7 to 10 days after the surgery. In some cases, chemotherapy or radiation therapy is prescribed.
Generally, there is some discomfort and pain in the abdomen. Medications will be prescribed to minimize it. Complete recovery generally takes 6 to 8 weeks.
The doctor will recommend to
Radical Cystectomy is a complex procedure, and complications may include:
Radical cystectomy may affect the fertility in men and women.