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Neobladder formation

A type of urinary diversion

Neobladder formation is a type of urinary diversion, which involves turning part of your colon into a bladder-like sac

About

A radical cystectomy is a surgical procedure to remove your bladder. During the procedure, your consultant surgeon will need to create a new way for you to pass urine. One way of doing this is a neobladder formation. It involves removing part of your colon and turning it into a bladder-like sac.

Need to know

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    The purpose of a neobladder (new bladder) is to do the job of your bladder after it has been removed in a radical cystectomy. After removing your bladder, your consultant will remove part of your bowel and reconstruct it into a balloon-like sac. They'll finish by connecting the sac to your urethra at one end and to your ureters at the other end.
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    A neobladder formation forms part of a radical cystectomy. Your consultant urologist will explain what the procedure involves during a pre-operating procedure. You'll mostly likely be asked to empty your bowel in the lead up to the procedure, using special laxatives or an enema. You'll be admitted at least one day before surgery.
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    After your neobladder formation, you'll be transferred to our recovery ward where our dedicated staff will care for you. Your consultant urology or nurse specialist will explain how to care for and empty your neobladder, so you'll be able to do it when you return home.
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    27 Tooley Street

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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