Bladder Burst Surgery - What You Need Know

The bladder is a balloon-shaped organ that stores urine. Its held in place by pelvic muscles in the lower part of your belly. The bladder isn’t injured often because the bones in the pelvis can protect it from most outside forces. But the bladder can be injured by blows or piercing objects. Most often these are related to pelvic fracture.

Typical damages to the bladder by trauma are bruises and tears. When people say bladder burst, it means a tear, also called a penetrating injury.

Surgery is a typical treatment for a penetrating injury. During the surgery, the injury is repaired, the injuries on other organs are also repaired. A catheter is left in the bladder to drain the urine and blood until the bladder heals.

Trauma laparoscopy can be an attractive alternative in bladder repair surgery. It has strength in decreased abdominal wall complications, decreased length of stay in hospital, and decreased overall cost. But laparoscopy doesn’t work well for everyone, so patients need to discuss with the urologists about feasibility of using laparoscopy for bladder repair.

On some occasions, the tear at the bottom or side of the bladder is less complex and the bladder can heal on its own. In this case, doctors simply place a wide catheter into the bladder to keep it empty. The urine and blood drain into a collection bag. It usually takes at least 10 days for the bladder to heal. The catheter is left in the bladder until an X-ray shows that the leak has sealed.


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