Fast Five Quiz: Bladder Cancer Management

Kyle A. Richards, MD


January 13, 2020

Ileus is the most common early complication of RC. The most common late complications of RC are small-bowel obstruction and ureteroenteric anastomotic stricture. Other common complications following RC include the following:

  • Wound infection

  • Sepsis

  • Pelvic abscess

  • Hemorrhage

  • Wound dehiscence

  • Enterocutaneous fistula

  • Rectal injury

The reported overall complication rate for RC within 90 days postoperatively is approximately 60%, because this is a highly morbid operation. The perioperative mortality rate of RC is 2%-3%; in elderly patients, the 6-month mortality rate may be as high as 7%-8%.

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