If you are coming into hospital for a cystectomy (removal of the
bladder), prostatectomy (removal of the prostate gland) or
nephrectomy (removal of a kidney), the urology enhanced recovery
programme will direct your care. The programme aims to get you back
to full health as soon as possible following your operation.
The Enhanced Recovery team are Mr Douglas Barnes, Consultant
Surgeon in Urology, Dr Umakanth Panchagnula, Consultant
Anaesthetist and recently appointed Clinical Advisor to the
national Enhanced Recovery Partnership Programme, and Clinical
Nurse Specialist, Claire Dutton.
Before your procedure
You will receive written information which tells you about
your operation and what to expect during your recovery period in
hospital and at home.
You will also receive a patient diary which you can write in
after your operation. Staff will use the diary to monitor and track
You will be give carbohydrate rich drinks to take the night
before and the morning of your operation. These drinks help
to keep you in a 'fed' state, rather than a fasted state before you
operation and will improve your ability to recover.
You will be admitted to hospital early in the morning on the day
of your operation unless you require medical treatment the night
before, such as a blood transfusion or medication which you cannot
take at home.
During your stay
Research has shown that active, early rehabilitation after
your operation will help you to feel better sooner. Because
of this, you will be encouraged and assisted to:
- move around as soon as possible after your operation
- eat and drink a normal diet, or take nutrition supplements if
you are not able to eat
- have any drips, drains or catheters removed during the first
couple of days of your recovery
After you leave hospital
Following your hospital stay, you will receive a follow-up
telephone call from a specialist nurse at home who will make sure
you feel supported and are recovering well.
We encourage our patients to give honest feedback about the care
they receive, so that we can recognise areas of excellence and also
identify any areas where we can make improvements.