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Bladder Cancer

Neobladder

Neobladder is a continent urinary reservoir made from a detubularized segment of bowel or stomach, with implantation of ureters and urethra. It is used to replace the bladder after cystectomy.

Neobladders can be created as long as your kidney function is normal, and as long as you do not have cancer in the urethra (tube that expels urine naturally). Neobladders are also not recommended if you are over 75 years of age, have had abdominal/pelvic radiation, have had a lot of bowel surgery, or do not wish to experience any urinary leakage (particularly at night). It is important to tell your surgeon what back-up option for diversion you would prefer in case something is encountered at surgery that would prevent you from having a neobladder.