Urostomy surgery is needed when the bladder isn’t working the way it should. There are 4 major bladder problems that may be treated with a urostomy: bladder cancer, damage to the nerves that control the bladder (called neurogenic bladder disease), birth defects, and chronic inflammation of the bladder.
For the thousands of people who have serious bladder diseases, a urostomy can be the start of a new and healthier life. If you have had a chronic (long-term) problem or a life-threatening disease like bladder cancer, you can look forward to feeling better after you recover from urostomy surgery. You can also look forward to returning to most, if not all of the activities you enjoyed in the past.
This guide will help you better understand urostomy – what it is, why it’s needed, how it affects the normal urinary system, and the changes it can bring to a person’s life.
- What is a urostomy?
- How the urinary system works
- Types of urostomies
- Choosing a pouching system
- Managing your urostomy
- Ordering and storing urostomy supplies
- Caring for a urostomy
- Avoiding and managing urostomy problems
- If you are hospitalized while you have a urostomy
- Living with a urostomy
- Telling others about your urostomy
- What to wear when you have a urostomy
- What to eat when you have a urostomy
- Returning to work after urostomy surgery
- Intimacy and sexuality when you have a urostomy
- Playing sports and staying active with a urostomy
- Traveling with a urostomy
- For parents of children with urostomies
- Getting help, information, and support
- To learn more