The bladder is an essential organ that stores urine to be excreted by the body. It is one of the most important excretory organs and, due to the natural aging process, it can undergo several changes that affect its form and function. While most health concerns associated with the bladder can be treated with noninvasive treatments, sometimes surgery is needed to repair damage or restore function. Fortunately, there are several different types of bladder surgery that are safe, effective and low-risk.
What are the Different Types of Bladder Surgery?
Different types of bladder surgery include:
- Bladder Suspension Surgery: This type of bladder surgery is performed to put a sagging bladder back into place. It is recommended for women whose pelvic muscles are weakened due to childbirth, after surgery, after the onset of menopause, or other complications of the urethra or urinary bladder.
- Urinary Incontinence Surgery: Urinary incontinence surgery includes various procedures to treat the involuntary leakage of urine, also known as incontinence.
- Retropubic Suspension Surgery: This is a type of urinary incontinence surgery that is performed to help control stress incontinence, which can occur when laughing, coughing, sneezing, or exercising.
- Tension-Free Vaginal Tape Procedure: This minimally invasive procedure involves the placement of a small piece of tape around the pubic bones underneath the urethra to help close the urethra and the part of the bladder that connects to the urethra, known as the bladder neck.
How Would I Know if I Needed Bladder Surgery?
There are several conditions that may require bladder surgery in order to relieve symptoms. In many cases, the surgery is used to treat non-life-threatening conditions, although it is also used to treat potentially fatal diseases including:
- Bladder Cancer
- Urinary Incontinence
What Should I Expect from Bladder Surgery?
Bladder surgery is different for each patient. Some women have general anesthesia, which means they are asleep during the procedure, or the surgeon may recommend a spinal block together with an IV medicine to induce drowsiness. Other medicines may be provided for pain or anxiety, depending on the state of the patient and the type of procedure being performed. After the operation, it is normal to be in a recovery room for a few hours. Before leaving, patients will have to undergo a simple bladder function test, which is performed to see if their bladder is ready to empty on its own. The recovery process can take several weeks. During this time, it is important to avoid strenuous activities to allow the body to properly heal. It is also recommended to avoid taking baths, but instead to take showers. Light vaginal spotting or bleeding is normal after the procedure and should clear up after a few weeks. In many cases, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled to check up on the patient’s health and recovery progress. During this time, the healthcare provider may provide information on when it is safe to resume sexual activity, and about wearing a tampon during periods. They may also discuss when it is safe to resume taking baths or swimming, as well as returning to exercise and other physical activities.
At Women’s Healthcare of Illinois, we care about your health and can help you improve your continence and other bladder-related issues. Call us today to book an appointment for bladder surgery, or visit one of our two locations: in Evergreen Park, IL, at 9730 S. Western Ave, Suite 700, Evergreen Park, IL 60805; and in Mokena, IL, at 10260 W. 191st St, Suite 100, Mokena, IL 60448. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Evergreen Park IL, Mokena IL, Chicago Ridge IL, Oak Lawn IL, Hickory Hills IL, Bridgeview IL, and Bedford Park IL.
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