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Cystectomy is a surgical procedure that facilitates the complete or partial removal of the bladder. Generally, the procedure is performed for treating bladder cancer.
Cystectomy can be performed as:
The doctor will recommend the surgery to treat:
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.
In partial cystectomy, the affected part of the bladder is removed and the incisions are sutured.
In case of Radical Cystectomy, 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.