A patient can return to his normal activities within two to six weeks after having bladder surgery, according to WebMD. The precise recovery time depends on the reason for the surgery and the severity of the underlying issue.
Sexual activity should be avoided for six weeks following a bladder procedure, suggests WebMD. Patients who undergo transurethral bladder surgery generally can resume normal activities within two weeks, states the American Cancer Society.
If bladder surgery is a result of cancer, some people may have side effects after recovery, notes the American Cancer Society. Side effects include frequent urination, incontinence or loss of control of urination, and possible changes in sexual health.