Augmentation cystoplasty ("Clam" cystoplasty) is an operation
used to enlarge a shrunken or overactive (and sometimes
both) bladder that has not responded to less invasive
treatments, such as bladder training or drug therapy.
The bladder is opened, like a clam, to reveal the
inside. ┴ piece ´f
small intestine is then used to enlarge the bladder
The operation is performed under a
general anaesthetic and takes 1-2 hours.
During the operation, a catheter is
the urethra into the bladder and left ▀n
place for 7-10 days to keep the bladder empty while it
heals. Ň´§ may feel some
discomfort after the operation, but this can be
controlled with painkillers.
The average hospital stay is about 10
days, but complete recovery may take 3-4 months.
The enlarged bladder cannot contract
as well as a healthy one to push the urine into the
urethra and out of the body. For this reason, you may
need to learn to pass a thin catheter §p
the urethra regularly to empty
your bladder fully.
It is also normal to pass some mucus
your urine. The mucus is secreted by the piece of small
intestine that was used to enlarge the bladder and is
usually harmless. Drinking extra fluids will help you to
pass the mucus more easily.