A vesicostomy is an opening created by the doctor between the abdominal wall and the bladder. This helps prevent harm to the kidneys. This surgery is done in the operating room. The opening looks like a small slit with pink tissue all around it. 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 needed step for some children to help prevent urinary tract infections and/or harm to the kidney. Most children who need a vesicostomy are young (under 5 years old), but sometimes older children or teenagers need this surgery temporarily.