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What is a bladder diverticulum?

A bladder diverticulum is an outpouching or pocket that forms on the wall of the urinary bladder. This pocket can retain urine, increasing the risk of urinary tract infections, bladder stone formation, and can make emptying the bladder difficult. Diverticula can be present from birth (congenital) or can develop over time (acquired), often as a result of chronic increased pressure within the bladder.


The diagnosis of a bladder diverticulum usually starts with a detailed review of the patient’s symptoms and medical history. Ultrasound, cystoscopy (an examination of the inside of the bladder using a special instrument), and urographic tests are among the diagnostic procedures that allow for the visualization of the diverticulum and the assessment of its impact on bladder function. These tests help in making a decision about the best approach to treatment.

Surgical treatment - Laparoscopic Diverticulectomy

Laparoscopic diverticulectomy of the bladder is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to remove the diverticulum. During this procedure, the surgeon makes several small incisions through which a laparoscope and surgical instruments are inserted. Using the laparoscope, the surgeon has a detailed view of the operative field and can precisely remove the diverticulum. This method has several advantages over traditional open surgery, including less pain, faster recovery, and a shorter hospital stay. After surgery, patients may be recommended to use a catheter temporarily to ensure proper healing and bladder function.