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Radical Cystectomy and Ileal Conduit


Continue walking

The walking will help you build strength. Gradually increase the amount of walking you do each day. Take planned rest periods during the day. The best gauge is your own body and how you feel. It is very important that you continue walking when you are discharged from the hospital. Not only will this build strength but will also aid in preventing blood clot formation in the legs.

Abdominal binder

As you have a large abdominal incision, it is advisable to wear the abdominal binder provided to you whenever you are sitting up and/or ambulating. The binder can be safely removed when lying down for prolonged periods like sleeping.

Avoid bending for 3 months

If you must pick something up, bend with your knees and not your waist.

Avoid heavy (Greater than 5 pounds) lifting for 3 months

Anything you need to brace yourself to pick up is too heavy. Also avoid strenuous activity.

Stairs should not be avoided

Take them slowly at first. You may wish to group your activities, so that you do not have to make many trips up and down stairs during the first week you are home.

Driving should be avoided

Driving should be avoided for at least 4 weeks after surgery or until you are pain free without medication.  Take breaks every couple of hours if you are on extended trips. Get out of your car and walk around a bit.

Avoid riding bicycles/motorbikes for 3 months

Bathing /Shower Instructions

Patients can scrub their bodies upon discharge from the hospital with lukewarm water and soap. Bathing/ showering should be avoided as you risk getting your incisions/dressings wet.  Tub baths or hot tubs in the first 2 weeks are discouraged as this will allow for prolonged soaking of your incisions and increase the risk of infection. If your wound sites get wet, these must be patted dry immediately after scrubbing.

Once your incisions have healed and sutures have been removed, you can resume bathing with soap and water

Managing your incisions

  • Mild pain in incisions is normal/continue to take pain medications as advised
  • Itching over wounds is a frequent occurrence and nothing to worry about.

Stoma Care

  • Do not let bag fill more than half to avoid detachment and urine leakage.
  • Can apply urine drainage bad (Urobag) to stoma bag at night. This avoids over filling of stoma bag and leakage and need to manually empty it during night)
  • Change of bag is needed when leakage occurs

Groin/Genital Swelling

Right after surgery, you may have some swelling in your genitals and groin region. There may also be some discharge from your penis/vagina. This is normal, the swelling and discharge should go away over a few weeks.


While you are recovering, your appetite may be smaller than it was before surgery.
Eat several small meals throughout the day instead of 3 large meals. Eating like this will help your digestion and give you energy throughout the day.

Changes in bowel function

  • When a part of your small intestine is removed to make the ileal conduit (your new urine passage), the remaining parts have to adapt to change. During this time, you may experience few changes in your bowel habit. There may be diarrhea, constipation, cramps or bloating sensation. These changes may take few weeks to go away.
  • If you become constipated please take the following measures: increase the roughage in your diet and drink 2-3 litres of water per day (to be avoided in heart patients).


Your urine may appear cloudy due to the mucus secreted by the bowel segment. This is normal.
In case the urine has blood or becomes foul smelling, please contact us immediately

Chest exercises

It is important to take care of for your lung health to avoid pneumonias.
For this please do the following:

  • Incentive spirometry as taught
  • Steam inhalation twice a day for 2 weeks
  • Avoid breathing exercises that cause sudden increase in abdominal pressure like Kapalabhati


    • As per your discharge papers
    • Continue medication for heart, thyroid or diabetes as before
    • Blood thinners like Aspirin/Ecosprin/Clopidogrel to be restarted only after discussion with surgical team and cardiologist
    • Regular follow up as advised

RED ALERT SIGNS: Reasons to call the physician

      • Your incision becomes red or swollen
      • The skin around your incision is warmer than elsewhere and is slightly red
      • There is drainage(pus/fluid) from your incision
      • There is an opening in your incision if visible
      • Your urine output become less than it normally has been
      • There are chills or fever of 101degree Fahrenheit or more
      • Severe pain that is not relieved by pain medications
      • Blood in urine
      • Foul smelling urine





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