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Surgery for bladder cancer

Bladder cancer surgery

HCA UK’s experts offer different surgery for bladder cancer based on your needs. Here we explain what’s available.

About

Your treatment will depend on the type of bladder cancer you have and how advanced it is. The most common type is non-invasive bladder cancer, when cancerous cells develop in the bladder lining. Sometimes the cancer spreads to the muscles (invasive bladder cancer) or to other parts of the body (advanced bladder cancer).

If your consultant recommends you have surgery for bladder cancer, there are two options. It may be possible to remove the malignant (cancerous) cells and leave the rest of the bladder intact. This is called transurethral resection of a bladder tumour (TURBT).

Alternatively, if you have invasive bladder cancer, you may need your bladder to be removed completely. This is called a cystectomy. If this is required, your consultant will discuss with you the surgical options for collecting your urine (pee).

Need to know

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    Surgery is the most common way to treat bladder cancer, although it may be used in combination with other treatments. The main types of surgery for bladder cancer are: - radical cystectomy – to remove the whole bladder - partial cystectomy – to remove part of the bladder - transurethral resection of bladder tumour (TURBT) – to remove the tumour only If you have your bladder removed, part of your surgery will be to create a new way for you to urinate (pee) called urinary diversion. The type of surgery you have depends on the size of the cancer and whether it has spread. We take a patient-focused approach, guiding you through what to expect.
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    Bladder cancer surgery can be carried out in a number of ways: - ‘open’ surgery through one large cut - laparoscopic or ‘keyhole’ surgery through several small cuts - during TURBT the surgeon inserts a cystoscope into your bladder and removes the tumour with instruments passed through the cystoscope The surgery is done while you’re asleep under general anaesthetic. You’ll need to avoid eating and drinking for a few hours before your surgery. We make sure you’re fully informed about what to expect before and after surgery and our specialist nurses will be on hand to support you during your recovery.
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    You’ll probably feel quite drowsy when you wake up and it’s common to feel some pain, nausea and discomfort. Nurses will be on hand to help with your recovery, offering pain relief or medication if needed. If you had keyhole surgery the cuts are smaller, so your recovery is likely to be quicker than with open surgery. Open surgery is a more complex operation and your recovery period is likely to be longer. If you had a cystectomy there’s a risk of complications after surgery, such as urine and bowel leaks, bleeding and clots. We’re here to answer any questions and concerns you have and support you through your recovery.
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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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