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What Can I Expect after Treatment for Bladder Diverticulum?

Treatment often works and may help your symptoms. In some cases, after the cause of the diverticulum (such as a block in the bladder) is fixed, you won’t need to be treated further. Your health care provider may want to check the diverticulum with a cystoscope through the urethra once in a while.

After surgery, you will need to have a catheter to drain your bladder for 1 or 2 weeks.

Some rare risks of diverticulum surgery are:

  • damage to the intestines or ureters (the tubes that carry urine from the kidneys)
  • urine leaking from the bladder after surgery
  • infection

Some patients will need to have the diverticulum removed with open surgery later. If your bladder doesn't work well, you may need to help drain it with a catheter.