How much medical care is involved?

Medical careTreatment for exstrophy of the bladder begins at birth. The most important goals in the care of a boy or girl with bladder exstrophy are to:

  • preserve normal kidney function
  • develop adequate bladder function and promote urinary continence
  • provide acceptable appearance and function of the external genitalia
  • ensure that your child has a typical and normal childhood

After initial treatment for bladder exstrophy, care is ongoing and can involve a range of surgical procedures and tests. In many cases, additional surgeries are required during childhood, adolescence and young adulthood. Moreover, bladder exstrophy patients may require emotional and psychological support to manage their conditions.