Bladder surgery removes bladder cancer and corrects urinary problems. [more]
Bladder surgery for a dropped bladder is a prolapse surgery. [more]
Bladder surgery for urinary retention includes prostate reduction, bladder lifts, and neural implants. [more]
Bladder surgery is a type of urologic surgery that is performed for two main reasons: to remove cancer and correct urinary problems. Bladder removal surgery is called a cystectomy and is performed for cancer patients. Bladder cancer surgery may involve only a partial removal of the bladder, a procedure called a partial cystectomy. If the cancer bladder invasion goes down into the deeper layers of the bladder, surgery for the bladder called a radical cystectomy will remove not only the bladder but also surrounding organs that are affected by cancer. Bladder symptoms such as microscopic hematuria, or gross hematuria can be indications of bladder cancer.
Bladder surgery can be performed by urology specialists to correct a prolapsed bladder, also known as a dropped bladder or cystocele. For some women with bladder issues, bladder prolapse surgery is necessary when the wall between the female bladder and the vagina becomes weak and stretches, allowing the bladder to fall into the vagina. Bladder prolapse can cause difficulty emptying the bladder causing urinary symptoms such as urinary retention, stress incontinence, or a sudden involuntary loss of bladder control. Incontinence surgery is performed in order to raise the urethra or the bladder into their normal positions and to prevent the bladder from leaking. Bladder suspension surgery or the installation of a bladder sling will lift and secure the bladder back into place.
A neurogenic bladder refers to complications stemming from the nervous system that may cause bladder spasms resulting in urinary incontinence or create an atonic bladder that doesn’t empty completely or empty at all. Men may confuse bladder symptoms with prostate symptoms. Men with an enlarged prostate may need prostate surgery to remove the enlarged prostate tissue that is blocking the bladder neck (the part that connects the bladder to the urethra). Prostate cancer surgery may include side effects that create bladder symptoms based on which prostate surgery is performed. Some of the prostate cancer procedures are, da Vinci prostatectomy a radical prostatectomy, prostate cryosurgery (freezing the prostate), and prostate radiation. Sometimes scar tissue, a cyst, or bladder stones can also block urine from flowing and need to be removed.
Our patients who undergo a cystectomy may need an ileal conduit, which is a passageway that allows urine to flow into a bag attached to your abdomen. Some patients may also undergo surgery to create a new bladder called a neobladder. Bladder surgery recovery and bladder surgery complications will vary from patient to patient, depending on your overall health and the severity of your urological condition.
Bladder surgery is not necessarily needed for all types of bladder problems. For example, surgery is not usually performed for overactive bladder. This is a type of urge continence, or leakage of urine accidentally, that usually occurs when you feel the need to go but cannot get to a toilet in time. Bladder symptoms, such as localized pain, blood in urine, painful urination, or frequent urination, are very similar to urinary symptoms of other urological conditions and diseases. That’s why self-diagnosis is not recommended. It’s essential to have your symptoms evaluated by one of our highly qualified and expert physicians at Urology Specialists in order to receive the most appropriate and effective bladder treatment. Post-surgical symptoms should not be interpreted as bladder disorders since many urologic surgery procedures have similar symptoms. Kidney surgery for renal cell carcinoma, and kidney stones treatment have classic urinary symptoms along with penis surgery such as penile prosthesis or penis implant due to erectile dysfunction causes.
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