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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 your progress.

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.