augmentation is surgery to make the bladder larger and improve the way it can
stretch. After surgery, your bladder should be able to hold more urine. You
will probably urinate less often. If you use a catheter to drain your bladder,
you may be able to use the catheter less often.
The doctor will
make a cut in your lower belly. This cut is called an incision. Then the doctor will make an
incision to open the top of your bladder. He or she will take a piece of tissue
from your intestines or stomach. The doctor will form the piece of tissue into
a patch. The patch will cover the open area at the top of your bladder. The doctor will
stitch the patch in place. Then the incision in your belly will be closed with
stitches or surgical staples. You will have a scar on your belly that
will fade with time.
Most people go home 4 to 7 days after
surgery. You will probably be able to go back to work and most of your usual
activities in 4 to 6 weeks. But you may need up to 3 months to fully recover.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test
results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
August 12, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
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