Like I did with my prostate cancer ten years ago (!), he is looking for all the information he can gather. At the time, my doctor-cousin advised me, “take it out, and you will never have to worry about it again.” And I also got great post-op advice from blog readers who had gone through the same process.
According to WebMD.com
Radical cystectomy is the removal of the entire bladder, nearby lymph nodes (lymphadenectomy), part of the urethra, and nearby organs that may contain cancer cells. In men , the prostate, the seminal vesicles, and part of the vas deferens are also removed.
The surgery is done through a cut (incision) the doctor makes in your lower belly. Sometimes it can be done as laparoscopic surgery. Some people call this “Band-Aid surgery,” because it requires only small cuts. To do this type of surgery, a doctor puts a lighted tube, or scope, and other surgical tools through small cuts in your lower belly. The doctor is able to see your organs with the scope.
So, anyone with knowledge and/or experience… what do you know about having and recovering from this surgery?
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