Decorative image

Surgery

You have surgery to remove the bladder in the same way for high risk early bladder cancer, invasive and locally advanced bladder cancer.

Removing the bladder (cystectomy)

Find out how you have an operation to remove your bladder, and what happens afterwards.

Urostomy (ileal conduit)

This surgery is usually part of the operation when you have your bladder removed (cystectomy). Find out what happens and how you pass urine afterwards.

Continent urinary diversion

You might have an internal pouch made to hold your urine, and a new opening (stoma) made in your tummy for it to pass through. This is called a continent urinary diversion.

Bladder reconstruction

You might have a new bladder made after your bladder is removed.

Recto sigmoid pouch

In this surgery your back passage is made into a pouch that works like a bladder. Find out how this is done and what happens afterwards.

Preparing for surgery

See what happens before surgery, who you meet and which exercises you learn.

Going into hospital

Find out what you need to take in, what to expect and how to make your time in hospital less stressful.

On the day

What to expect on the day of surgery, including about having an anaesthetic.

After surgery

Find out what to expect when you wake up from your operation, and what happens afterwards.

Passing urine after surgery

After surgery to have your bladder removed, you normally pass urine in a different way. How you do this depends on the surgery you have had.

Last reviewed: 
31 Jul 2015

Information and help