I have a neobladder, and the question I had before the surgery is why hasn't an artificial valve been invented to control continence, which seems the issue most people are worried about. As you say, it sounds fairly simple.
A lot of research is being done on this issue. Bladders have even been grown in tissue culture, although this technique is certainly not ready for “prime time.” Why haven’t artificial hearts already replaced heart transplants? Because it just isn’t that simple.....”just hook it up to a couple of tubes...”. For example many of the problems with the functionality of a neobladder have to do with “hooking it up” to the tubes!
Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
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