Cystectomy

A cystectomy is a surgery to remove all or part of the bladder:

  • Call Your Doctor

    It is important for you to monitor your recovery after you leave the hospital. Alert your doctor to any problems right away. If any of the following occur, call your doctor:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, heavy bleeding, or discharge from the incision and/or stoma site
    • Persistent nausea and/or vomiting
    • Pain that you cannot control with the medications you were given
    • Inability to urinate or difficulty urinating, extreme cloudiness or pus in the urine, a bad odor to the urine

    If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    A cystectomy is a surgery to remove all or part of the bladder:

    • A radical cystectomy removes all of the bladder, nearby lymph nodes, part of the urethra, and nearby organs that may contain cancer cells.
    • A partial cystectomy removes part of the bladder.

  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    Reasons for a cystectomy include:

    • Cancer of the bladder
    • Problems with nerve-muscle control of the bladder

    • Bladder damage from
      radiation
      or
      chemotherapy
    • Bladder damage or bleeding from other conditions, treatments, or injuries

  • Possible Complications