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Vesicostomy is surgery to make an opening through the skin on the belly to the bladder so that urine can drain out of the body. This surgery is done when a problem prevents urine from draining out of the bladder. A vesicostomy usually is temporary. Your doctor will talk to you about how long your child will need it.
Your child may be more tired than usual for several days. Your child's belly may be sore where the doctor made the opening (stoma) between the bladder and the belly. The soreness usually goes away in a few days.
Most children are able to go back to school or daycare in about 1 week.
Your child will need to wear a diaper that covers the stoma to absorb the urine. Your doctor or a nurse who specializes in taking care of stomas will teach you how to care for your child's stoma.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for your child to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to help your child get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for any changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: August 22, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Peter Anderson MD, FRCS(C) - Pediatric Urology
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