Your doctor will carry out this procedure with the assistance of a general or local anaesthetic. As a precautionary measure, antibiotics may be given. This will lessen the risk of developing an infection during the procedure.
An open cystostomy aids male patients who have enlarged prostates. The procedure is also useful in cases wherein the stone is very large.
With an open cystostomy, a surgeon makes a large cut into the abdomen and bladder. Afterwards, the doctor will extract the bladder stone. Other combinations of surgery will also be performed as needed. One example is the removal of a part or sum of the bladder diverticula.
In comparison to other surgical procedures, open cystostomy may be more painful for you in the long run. As such, doctors will consider this as an option when it is the only way to extract a large bladder stone.
Undergoing such a procedure may prove difficult due to the pain you may experience. An open cystostomy also requires you to use a catheter (a flexible tube used to collect your urine and empty your bladder) for a few days or more.