Urinary bladder replacement
Q: This is regarding my uncle who is 40 years old. My Uncle met with an accident about 20 years back and from that time he has been under regular medication. As per his reports it is said that his bladder has gone useless and needs a replacement and so he has been fixed with a tube to pass urine. Is replacement of the bladder possible in India or any where else? If so, please help me to identify a doctor who can take this case up. I would send across his complete case history in further communication.
A:I need to know what was the nature of accident and what was the damage or injury. If the injury is such that it damaged the spinal cord, the treatment is usually intermittent self catherization. If it damaged the urethra, then the other procedure may work. It is very uncommon to replace bladder and usually the intestines are used to make bladder. This can be done at many places where there is a Urology department, including ours i.e. Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.