What should a patient expect after a cystolitholapaxy?

A catheter may be inserted into the urethra or bladder to drain urine from the body after the operation. It will usually remain in place for 24 to 48 hours, but the amount of time may vary. You may feel discomfort while passing urine for 2 or 3 days after returning home. You may take medicine to relieve pain or discomfort. There may be a small amount of blood in the urine.

It may take several weeks to recover from a cystolitholapaxy. You may have to take 3 to 4 weeks off of work, and even more time if your job requires physical activity or heavy lifting.

You should drink plenty of water while you are recovering. It is recommended that you drink about 8 glasses of water or liquids per day.

Contact your doctor if you:

  • Develop a fever.
  • Have severe pain while urinating.
  • Have heavy bleeding.
  • Cannot pass urine.

What is the outlook for patients after a cystolitholapaxy?

You should schedule a follow-up appointment with your doctor about a month after the procedure. X-rays or a CT scan may be performed to ensure that the bladder stones have been completely removed. Some patients may need to undergo another surgical procedure called an open cystotomy, if the cystolitholapaxy was not successful in removing the bladder stones.

Bladder stones can come back unless the underlying condition that caused them is treated. Discuss possible treatment options with your doctor.

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