Your stoma will begin to work immediately after your urostomy operation. The tubes that will be placed in the urostomy will be left until everything functions normally, usually seven to ten days.
Your urine could be quite red at first, but don't be alarmed – it will soon return to its usual colour. There will likely also be mucus in the urine from your stoma; this is simply part of the 'lining' of the intestine and is nothing to worry about.
Ileostomy or colostomy
Your stoma should begin to work within a few days of surgery. At first, the output can be quite watery, and there could be strong smells and some noisy wind from the stoma because your bowel has been inactive for a while. This will settle as you get up and about and start eating a more balanced diet.
In the beginning, you might feel the need to go to the toilet as you did before – but the urge will disappear over time. If your anus is still present there may be some mucus discharge from it.