Continent urinary diversion
In this procedure, the surgeon uses a piece of the small bowel to create a pouch inside the body. A valve allows urine to be stored inside the pouch and then removed through a stoma (an opening on the surface of the abdomen). Several times a day you will need to drain the urine by inserting a drainage tube (catheter) through the stoma into the pouch.
This diversion procedure is not commonly used, but may be an option in some circumstances. Your surgeon or nurse will explain the risks and benefits of this procedure, and how to empty urine from the pouch.
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