Orthotopic Bladder Substitution (Neobladder): Part II

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Abstract

Bladder replacement following radical cystectomy is widely practiced and in some centers has become the standard method of urinary diversion when possible, rather than the traditional ileal conduit. To minimize the impact of cystectomy and bladder replacement on quality of life and to obtain optimal functional results, postoperative care must be comprehensive and multidisciplinary. Critical team members include the surgeon, urologic nurses, WOC nurses, and allied health care providers such as physiotherapists. This article highlights postoperative considerations for patients undergoing radical cystectomy with orthotopic neobladder construction. The common issues and complications that arise are discussed with a focus on strategies to optimize outcomes.

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