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Cystoplasty

A surgical procedure to enlarge or partially or completely replace your bladder if it is not functioning normally

About

Cystoplasty is a procedure for increasing the size of your bladder. It may be enlarged, partially or completely replaced if it is not functioning correctly. To do this your consultant will use part of your bowel (a large organ where a small part may be used safely) to alter your bladder surgically.

Need to know

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    There are two types of cystoplasty. Your consultant will explain which type they will perform on you. - 'Clam' cystoplasty. Your bladder is opened up across the top so it forms two halves joined at the bottom end, like a clam shell. The prepared bowel is then attached to the opened bladder like a gusset. - Substitution cystoplasty. The damaged bladder is removed, leaving the bladder neck that contains the sphincter muscle which controls continence and the passage of urine. A completely new bladder is then formed from part of your bowel, which has been prepared. This is then attached to the bladder neck to form the new (neo) bladder.
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    Your consultant will perform various investigations to ensure you are fit for the surgery. These include: - Blood tests - Urine tests - X-rays - Electrocardiogram (ECG) to check your heart rate and rhythm - MRSA screening to test for infection Sometimes a special bowel preparation is required, which requires you to stay in hospital on the night before your procedure so it can be administered. You will also need to fast and abstain from drinking for six hours prior to surgery.
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    You will be sent to the recovery room and closely monitored until you are stable. You will be given fluids through a drip. You can start eating again once you have passed wind, as this indicates your bowels are moving. Your new bladder will be drained by tubes. This makes sure it is empty at all times and helps healing. You will have a number of other tubes connected to your body to drain fluids. You will be given painkillers to combat any pain you experience. A physiotherapist will show you some techniques to help mobilise your body as soon as possible. The surgery takes between two and five hours, depending on your type of procedure.
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