What is a urostomy?

What is a urostomy?

If you are unable to pass urine naturally, a possible solution is create an alternative opening in your body for the urine to be diverted through. This is called a urostomy.

scheme of urostomy

A urostomy involves replacing the bladder function by diverting your urine to an isolated section of the small intestine.

The isolated part of the intestine is brought through the surface of the right-hand side of your abdomen creating an opening (ostomy) and the other end is sewn up. The ureters are detached from the bladder and reattached to the isolated section of the intestine.

A urostomy is a permanent ostomy

Because the bladder has been removed there is no reservoir for the storage of urine, and because this section of the intestine has no muscle or valve to control urination, you will need a urostomy pouch to collect the urine.

urostomy pouch features

Information from Coloplast Care is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice and should not be interpreted to contain treatment recommendations. You should rely on the healthcare professional who knows your individual history for personal medical advice and diagnosis.

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