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What Happens After Treatment?

Many parents have questions about their child’s ability to control urine or feces after surgery. The result depends on how serious the problem was at first.

In milder cases, 9 out of 10 babies have good control and a nearly normal pattern with stools. Urinary control is also better in the milder cases (where the common channel is less than 4 cm long).

Around 7 or 8 out of 10 patients with more severe cloacal anomalies will have good control. They will have very few episodes of leaking. The others may have long-term problems and will need further care.

There may also be neurological issues in leaking, which may affect up to 1/3 of patients. Learning to self-catheterize can help with bladder emptying. Some may benefit from enema-treatments for better bowel emptying and stool control.

Once the cloacal abnormality is fixed, a normal and enjoyable sex life is possible.