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Bladder augmentation is surgery to make the bladder larger and improve its ability to stretch. After surgery, your bladder should be able to hold more urine. After surgery, you may feel weak and tired at first. You will probably feel some pain or cramping in your lower belly and may need pain medicine for a week or two.
You will have a tube coming out of the cut the doctor made (incision) in your skin just above the pubic bone. This is called a suprapubic catheter. You also may have a catheter in your urethra, which is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside your body. These catheters will drain urine and mucus from your bladder for the first few weeks after surgery. Your doctor will do a test to check the strength of your bladder about 2 or 3 weeks after surgery. When your doctor has made sure that there are no leaks in your bladder, the catheters will be taken out.
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. Try to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities that might put extra pressure on your bladder while you recover.
After this surgery, most people use a catheter to empty their bladders. Your care team will teach you how to use a straight catheter. They will also help you with any bladder care needs you have.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
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 or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) 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.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Christopher G. Wood MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
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