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Managing the aftercare of patients with a Mitrofanoff pouch

The Mitrofanoff technique uses the appendix to create a continent ‘tunnel’ between the skin’s surface and the bladder, which is then drained using a catheter, which is inserted along the tunnel rather than via the urethra. This is a complex procedure that needs the patient to be motivated and committed to living with such lifechanging surgery. Intense preparation and long-term support from a urinary diversion nurse specialist as well as any involved community nurses is vital. Long term follow-up is vital to ensure continued good health and to anticipate any problems such as infection, stone formation or renal damage. Having access to community healthcare professionals who know about the possible dangers and can offer advice and support is also key to ensure any complications are dealt with swiftly and safely.