Neobladder Surgery After Kidney Removal for Cancer
Oct. 18, 2011 – About 69,000 Americans are diagnosed with bladder cancer each year. In some cases, the bladder must be removed, creating the need to divert urine through some other method. In this “Cancer Connection” podcast, Seth Strope, MD, discusses options for urinary diversion, including neobladder surgery. According to Strope, a Washington University urologist at the Siteman Cancer Center, the neobladder is a good option for patients who don’t want to use an external device to collect urine. A neobladder, a reservoir created from a portion of the bowel, allows urine to drain through the urethra. Although many patients fear losing their bladder, Strope says bladder cancer is deadly if untreated, and there are options for urinary diversion to suit different needs.