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Laparoscopic Bladder Augmentation

Laparoscopic bladder augmentation, also called cystoplasty, is a surgical technique performed to increase the size of the bladder when the bladder is not big enough, or is too stiff and cannot completely expand to hold the normal amount of urine produced by the kidneys. Cystoplasty is performed to treat urine leakage (incontinence) or reflux, where the urine backs up towards the kidneys. Laparoscopic bladder augmentation is performed under general anesthesia. Your surgeon makes3 to 4 small keyhole incisions on the abdomen. A laparoscope(tube with a light and a small camera)is inserted to view the abdominal cavity. Your surgeon inserts surgical instruments to make an incision on top of the bladder. A piece of the intestine or stomach is dissected and attached to the bladder. The incisions are closed with sutures. A catheter may be left in place to drain urine from the bladder.

The complete surgery takes about 4 hours. You may have to stay in the hospital for 3 to 5 days, after the surgery. Like all surgical procedures, laparoscopic bladder augmentation may be associated with certain complications, which include:

  • Bladder rupture
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Need for open surgery
  • Urinary incontinence (involuntary leakage of urine)

The advantages of laparoscopic bladder augmentation when compared to open bladder augmentation include:

  • Smaller incisions and less scarring
  • Faster recovery
  • Less post-operative pain
  • Reduced hospital stay

NMC UroCare provides specialized and experienced urologists and the best quality treatments available. For further information on Laparoscopic Bladder Augmentation, please contact NMC UroCare at http://www.nmcurocare.ae/contact-us/.