What can I expect immediately after urinary reconstruction and diversion?

After urinary reconstruction and diversion, it takes 1 to 2 months to feel well again and to regain your strength. Also, it is not unusual to feel a little depressed or discouraged after surgery. Discussing your feeling with friends, family, and even other members of a support group can help you deal with your emotions. (Ask your health care team member about support groups in your area.)

As with any life change, an adjustment period is normal. Don't hesitate to call your doctor or other health care team members for assistance or if you have questions. Their goal for you is to get you back to your lifestyle as soon as possible.

What restrictions will I face after urinary reconstruction and diversion?

People with urinary diversions are usually able to return to the life, work, and hobbies they previously enjoyed:

  • Work: Most people can return to their jobs in 1 or 2 months, on average. If you have concerns about your line of work or other job hazards, be sure to ask your doctor.
  • Activities: After the post-operative period, exercising and participation in sports and other activities is encouraged. Check with your doctor or health care team member.
  • Diet: There are no eating restrictions. If you have special dietary concerns, ask your doctor or health care team member.
  • Travel: There are no travel restrictions. You should travel fully prepared with necessary supplies, as you might not be able to purchase all supplies at your destination.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/30/2017.

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