Dec 12, 2002 - 12:44 am
Hi, this is my first post. I am a 48-year old woman who had a radical cysectomy (removed bladder, various female organs) last February and was given an ileal neobladder, attached to my urethra, so that I can continue to urinate as before. The tumor was a nasty grade 3 but the pathology after the surgery was fantastic so I required no chemo or radiation. I am having problems with hypocontinence (can't empty well) so I have to self-catheterize several times a day (although I am able to void some on my own). My doctor is hopeful this may improve. Are there any women out there who have had a similiar surgery? Thanks!