Bladder augmentation

Bladder augmentation

In some cases, if a person is experiencing incontinence, frequent urination or shrinking of the bladder, a bladder augmentation procedure might be recommended.

In this procedure, the size of the bladder is enlarged. Medically known as augmentation cystoplasty, this is an invasive procedure in which incisions are made in the abdomen.

How is it performed?

  • An anaesthesiologist will first administer general anaesthesia. This will ensure you remain unconscious for the entire duration of the procedure.
  • The surgeon will first make an incision on the abdomen and, once they enter, make a small incision right at the top of the urinary bladder.
  • The surgeon will then surgically remove a part of the small or large intestine, cut the tube open and stitches this to the opening made in the bladder. In some cases, a section of the stomach might be cut and used in the same way.
  • This will increase the overall capacity of the bladder and resolve many of the complications faced.

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