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What Can I Expect after Treatment?

After bladder augmentation, the bladder may not be able to naturally release the stored urine. Most patients must learn to pass a catheter through the urethra or through a specially created opening into the bladder. This catheter allows the bladder to empty completely. This is called "clean intermittent catheterization" (CIC). After surgery, it's important to do CIC regularly so the bladder doesn't stretch too much or tear.