What is Bladder Augmentation?

Bladder Augmentation is a surgical procedure which enlarges the bladder. This procedure is often required if a person's bladder does not have the capacity to store enough urine: this could lead to incontinence. When a bladder is too small, this can put stress on either the kidneys or the urethra and can cause incontinence.

The surgical procedure consists of a section of the bowel being removed. The top of the bladder is opened up, and the section of bowel is placed over the opening. This procedure will sometimes be carried out in conjunction with another procedure (such as a continent urinary diversion eg. a Mitrofanoff) should the person be unable to empty their bladder as a result of the surgery, or unable to perform ISC via the urethra. Bladder Augmentation is an extensive procedure to which it can take some time to fully recover. Healthcare Professionals advise that it can take three to six weeks to resume normal activities.

Managing Bladder Augmentation

woman-managing-bladder-augmentationThe outcome of a Bladder Augmentation is designed to allow those undergoing surgery to remain continent. It will also prevent the pressure of urine in the bladder and further problems to the kidneys.  If ISC is necessary, this should help the person gain control of their bladder and improve their quality of life. Alternatives to this surgery may include Bladder Botox injections and anticholinergic medications.