A vesicostomy is a surgical opening in the bladder to the outside of the body (lower belly) that allows urine to come out, preventing urinary tract infection and damage to the kidneys. Urine drains constantly from this opening. The child will need to wear a diaper, training pants (Pull-Ups), or an incontinence pad. A vesicostomy is sometimes a temporary treatment.

Children who are born with an obstruction that prevents urine from flowing through the urethra are treated with a vesicostomy. Also, children who have bladders that do not work properly, such as some children with spina bifida, may need a vesicostomy as a temporary treatment.

Source: Managing Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools: A Quick Reference Guide.

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