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Advances in Urology
Volume 2009, Article ID 801038, 7 pages
Review Article

Ileovesicostomy Update: Changes for the 21st Century

Department of Urology, Detroit Receiving Hospital, Detroit Medical Center, Harper Professional Building, Suite 1017, 4160 John R., Detroit, MI 48201, USA

Received 28 December 2008; Accepted 7 August 2009

Academic Editor: Donna Deng

Copyright © 2009 W. Britt Zimmerman and Richard A. Santucci. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objectives. To review the literature regarding ileovesicostomy and evaluate our patient population for clinical characteristics. Methods. Various surgical reconstructive techniques allow management of difficult clinical scenarios involving patients with neurogenic bladder, irretraceable lower urinary tract symptoms, lower urinary tract disaster, and urethrocutaneous fistulae. One such reconstructive technique employed is the ileovesicostomy. This procedure provides patients with a low-pressure urinary conduit utilizing the ileum and native bladder that empties without catheterization. We describe our patient population who underwent ileovesicostomy for 5 consecutive years ending 2007 at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Results. Most common diagnosis was neurogenic bladder secondary to spinal cord injury. Our population and clinical outcomes are similar to those previously reported in the literature. Conclusions. Based on our experience, we suggest that patients with severe lower urinary tract symptoms and who are unable to perform clean intermittent catheterization and/or refractory to medical therapy ileovesicostomy should be the procedure of choice.