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Formation of an ileal conduit

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An ileal conduit is a system of urinary drainage created by the surgeon using the small intestine after removing the bladder. The surgeon takes a short segment of the small intestine and places it at an opening made by him/her on the surface of the abdomen to create a mouth, or stoma. The ureters, that normally carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder, are then attached to the other end of the intestine. The urine now travels from the kidneys via the ureters and the newly formed ileal conduit, into the stoma and out into a collecting pouch known as an ostomy bag (or urostomy).