Postoperative Information

After the Procedure: Important Information for Patients and Families

When a Urologic Oncology Center surgeon helps a patient select a surgical therapy, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center team will educate him or her regarding how the procedure may affect his or her postsurgery lifestyle.

While a patient’s reaction to surgery varies depending on the stage and type of bladder cancer and the type of surgical procedure performed, there are a few general side effects that individuals should be aware of during the recovery period. Patients who have further questions about severe or bothersome symptoms should directly contact their UH Seidman Cancer Center surgeon.

The First Day After Surgery

The day following an individual's bladder cancer surgery, UH Seidman Cancer Center surgical team will stop by the patient's room in the morning to examine him or her and check the incisions made during the procedure. Patients should feel free to ask any questions during this time.

The first day after surgery, UH Seidman Cancer Center nurses and staff urge patients to get out of their hospital beds, sit in a chair or walk around the hospital hallways with assistance. Although patients may not feel like getting out of bed or moving around, this activity will make them feel better. Walking helps expand the lungs, which assists in the healing process.

Incentive Spirometer

Patients should continue to use the incentive spirometer at least 10 times per hour while awake. Individuals will also have blood drawn in the morning the day following the procedure.

Antibiotics

A UH team member will give patients antibiotics and any other pain medication through an intravenous catheter (IV). Patients will be able to restart some of their normal medications following consultation with their physician. If a patient has questions about which medications to take during this time, he or she can ask a UH Seidman Cancer Center nurse or a member of the Urologic Oncology Center team.

Diet

Patients who are not feeling nauseated following the procedure can take sips of clear liquids. A patient's diet is not advanced until bowel function returns, which can vary for each individual. If a patient's bowel function does not recover within one week after surgery, intravenous nutrition will be implemented.

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