The pediatric urologists with Norton Children’s Urology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, are fellowship trained in pediatric and adolescent urology specialty care. They have the expertise to provide the intricate surgery needed to treat bladder exstrophy.
We have state-of-the-art equipment that is not available elsewhere in Louisville. We also are able to provide sedation.
Our specialists bring skill, respect and sensitivity to caring for your child’s urological needs.
Bladder Exstrophy Diagnosis
Bladder exstrophy means the bladder is essentially inside out and exposed. A baby with bladder exstrophy will leak urine from the open bladder. Children with bladder exstrophy also frequently have epispadias — the opening of the urethra is in the wrong location.
The cause of bladder exstrophy is unknown. The rare condition occurs in about one out of every 50,000 births. Bladder exstrophy usually is typically readily apparent at birth. Ultrasound before delivery could reveal the condition.
Bladder Exstrophy Treatment
Surgery is required to treat bladder exstrophy. More than one surgery often is required. Our team of specialists will determine the proper course of treatment depending on the severity of the condition.
The main goals of treatment are to:
- Close the bladder and the pelvis.
- Rebuild external sex organs.
- Repair the bladder so it can hold urine.