A vesicostomy is an opening created by the doctor between the abdominal wall and the bladder that helps prevent harm to the kidneys. This surgery is done in the operating room. The opening looks like a small slit surrounded by pink tissue. Urine drains constantly from this opening, and the child will need to wear a diaper, pull-ups or an incontinence pad, such as Poise pads. A vesicostomy is a temporary treatment.
This surgery is a necessary step for some children to help prevent urinary tract infections and/or harm to the kidney. Although most children who need a vesicostomy are young (under 5 years old), sometimes older children or teenagers require this surgery temporarily.