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Things to think about

  • Discuss your own circumstances and options thoroughly with your healthcare team, including the benefits and disadvantages if you are making a choice between different options.
  • It can be helpful to understand the surgery and day-to-day experience of someone who has had the procedure you will have. Our volunteer buddies can talk to you about their experiences, so that you can make a judgement about what it could be like for you.
  • Remember that although it will take time to get used to a urinary diversion, you will be able to get back to ‘normal’ life. For the vast majority of people, you will be able to do the things that are important to you, such as building your career, spending time with your family and gardening.
  • Before you go into hospital, give some thought to the clothing you will feel comfortable wearing after your surgery. Most people find that loose fitting clothes with elasticated waists are ideal.
  • Think about the practical things you will need when you get home after your surgery, such as mattress protectors in case of bag leaks, good lighting in the bathroom for bag changes, suitable space in easy reach for the equipment you will need and so on.