Surgery for invasive bladder cancer is one of the main treatments. The surgeon usually removes all your bladder and makes a new way for you to pass urine. Find out more about your operation, what happens before surgery and what to expect afterwards.

Removing the bladder (cystectomy)

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

Urostomy (ileal conduit)

After surgery to remove your bladder (cystectomy),  you might have a bag to collect your urine (urostomy). 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 on 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

With 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

It can be helpful to understand what the operation involves and how to manage afterwards.

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 bladder cancer 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: 
19 Jun 2019
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