Urostomy

An ostomy creates an opening in the abdominal wall. A urostomy reroutes urine so that urine can pass through this new opening to a bag outside the body. Sometimes an internal pouch is created using the intestine. You should be able to return to normal activities after your urostomy.

  • Call Your Doctor

    Call your doctor if any of these occur:

    • Fever or chills
    • Persistent nausea or vomiting
    • Pain that you cannot control with the medications you have been given
    • Unusual discharge such as pus, extreme cloudiness, or strong odor
    • Redness, swelling, or excessive bleeding from the stoma site
    • Unusual changes in stoma size or color
    • Change in urine frequency or amount
    • Back or abdominal pain
    • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain

    If you think you have an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.

  • Definition

    An ostomy creates an opening in the abdominal wall. A urostomy reroutes urine so that urine can pass through this new opening to a bag outside the body. Sometimes an internal pouch is created using the intestine.

    You should be able to return to normal activities after your urostomy.

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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    A urostomy may be needed if urine is not able to pass through the urinary system. Most of the time, a urostomy is needed because of problems with the bladder such as:.

    • Bladder cancer
    • Birth defects
    • Chronic inflammation
    • Nerve-muscle control problems

  • Possible Complications

    Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems like:

    • Skin irritations
    • Fluid build-up in the abdomen
    • Urine flow blockage
    • Damage to other organs
    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Blood clots

    Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications such as:

    • Smoking
    • Drinking
    • Chronic diseases, such as diabetes or obesity