Approximately 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with bladder cancer each year.
Some of those patients have their bladders removed and then must use a bag to go to the bathroom.
It can be an embarrassing and uncomfortable problem.
A new procedure allows doctors to use a piece of a patients’ small intestine to make a neo-bladder.
Doctors take a piece of intestine, cut and stitch it to make an inflatable pouch.
The pouch attaches to the urethra and lets patients urinate on their own.
It acts very much like the real thing.
"The voiding is essentially the same as before. You've relaxed your pelvic muscles, and the urine starts flowing," explains Dr. Siamak Daneshmand at Orgeon Health and Science University.
About 90 percent of patients who have the surgery are able to go to the bathroom normally during the day.
Before opting for neo-bladder, Dr. Daneshmand suggests finding a surgeon who performs the surgeries on a regular basis.
Bacon Consumption Beware
You may want to hold off on that side of bacon.
A Harvard study found people who ate bacon more than five times a week were nearly 60 percent more likely to develop bladder cancer, than those who never eat bacon.
Researchers blame nitrosamines found in some meat products, which have been shown to help cause cancer in previous studies.
The study followed over 135,000 people for more than two decades.