Urinary Reconstruction

What is Urinary Reconstruction?

Urinary reconstruction is a procedure that involves creating a new way for urine to pass through the body after a bladder removal surgery has been completed. Unfortunately, some people do end up contracting bladder cancer or other diseases of the bladder. Urinary reconstruction or urinary diversion is required for the body to filtrate out the urine waste even once the bladder has been removed. There are a few different types of urinary reconstruction including Continent Urinary Diversion and Non-Continent Urinary Diversion. Through these methods, the flow of urine is diverted to a replacement bladder or route for the urine to exit the body.

Continent Urinary Diversion

There are two main forms of continent urinary diversion. Both usually involve the surgeon creating a pouch for the urine inside of the body as a replacement bladder. This replacement bladder is formed out of excess intestine. You’ll either have a stoma replacement where you will use a catheter to remove the urine from the body. The second involves the use of a neobladder. A neobladder is made of the intestine and formed into a pouch within the body. This pouch will then be connected to the urethra and urine will filtrate through the body normally.

Non-Continent Urinary Diversion

A non-continent urinary diversion is going to make use of an ostomy bag. An ostomy bag is a pouch outside of the body that connects through a catheter through the new passage for waste through the stoma. This pouch is continually used to drain urine from the body. These bags are made to fit comfortably under the clothes. All strenuous activity is still approved even with the allocation of the bag on the body. If you have any questions or concerns about your urinary reconstruction, then contact your health care provider.  

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