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 belly button.
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 week.
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 stoma.
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.
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: March 21, 2018
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Peter Anderson, MD, FRCSC - Pediatric Urology
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