Vesicostomy is surgery to make an opening for urine to travel from the bladder out of the body. This opening is called a stoma. It's made through the skin on the
belly. It looks like a small, narrow slit in the skin below the
This kind of surgery is
done when a child has a problem draining urine from the bladder in the usual way. The doctor makes a stoma so urine can leave the body. This new way of passing urine is usually temporary. Your doctor will talk to you about how long
your child will need it.
Your child will be asleep during the
surgery. The doctor makes a cut in your child's lower belly and
in the bladder. The cuts are called incisions. The doctor then attaches a small part of the bladder wall to an opening in the skin of the
lower belly. After that, urine can leave the body through the stoma.
Most children go home 1 or 2 days after surgery.
Your child will probably be able to go back to school or daycare in about 1
After surgery, urine should flow freely from the stoma.
This will not hurt or be uncomfortable for your
child. Your child will need to wear a diaper that covers the stoma. Your doctor or nurse will teach you how to care for your child's
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 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.
Surgery can be
stressful both for your child and for you. This information will help you
understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your child's surgery.
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Current as of:
August 12, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Peter Anderson, MD, FRCS(C) - Pediatric Urology
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