A urinary diversion is a type of surgery. It means making a new way for you to pass urine if your bladder has been removed.

What is a urinary diversion?

A urinary diversion is a type of surgery. It means making a new way for you to pass urine (pee) if your bladder has been removed. It is done at the same time as the surgery to remove the bladder (cystectomy).

This is one of the main treatments for muscle-invasive or locally advanced bladder cancer. You may also be offered this treatment if you have very high-risk non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer or bladder cancer that comes back after BCG treatment.

There are different types of urinary diversion. We have more information about:

Living with a urinary diversion

Getting used to a urinary diversion and learning to look after it takes time. Like anything new, it will get easier with time and practice.

Your specialist nurse will give you lots of support before and after your operation. They will show you how to care for and manage the type of urinary diversion you have.

Before you leave the hospital, the nurse will make sure you have a supply of the equipment you need. This can include urostomy bags or catheters. When you are at home, you can get your equipment directly from a supplier or your chemist. Your stoma nurse will tell you more about this. The Urostomy Association can also give you details of suppliers.

When you get home, you will still be able to speak to your specialist nurse for advice. The hospital staff will arrange for a district nurse or a community stoma nurse to visit you when you first leave the hospital. They can help you cope with any problems.

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