OSTOMY CARE

What is a Urostomy?

OSTOMY CARE

What is a Urostomy?

Last updated 01/06/20

A urostomy is a type of surgery which enables urine to exit the body through a stoma after removal of a diseased or damaged portion of your urinary tract. [1]

 

With a urostomy, urine flows through your stoma as it is produced, so a pouching system is necessary. All urostomy pouches have a drainage tap on the bottom, allowing you to empty the contents of the pouch repeatedly throughout the day.

 

 

Ileal Conduit

An ileal conduit is a common type of urostomy. If you need an ileal conduit, your bladder must be removed due to disease or injury.

 

In this surgery, a part of the small intestine is cut and clamped shut at one end. This creates a new urine container or "bladder." The two ureters (tubes) that carry urine from the kidneys are attached to this new bladder and the open end of the new bladder is then brought out through your abdominal wall, to create a stoma.[1]

The Digestive System with a Ileal Conduit in the Small Intestine

The Digestive System with a Ileal Conduit in the Small Intestine

 

 

 

Ureterostomy

In a ureterostomy, one or both ureters (urine tubes) are redirected from the kidney through the abdominal wall to form a stoma.[1]

 

This is a very rare procedure. This type of surgery is most often seen as a temporary measure in some paediatric patients and is rarely meant to be permanent.[1]

The Digestive System with a Ureterostomy in both Ureters

The Digestive System with a Ureterostomy in both Ureters

 

 

 

 

[1] Tomaselli N, McGinnis DE. Urinary diversions: surgical interventions. In: Colwell JC, Goldberg MT, Carmel JE. Fecal and Urinary Diversions: Management and Principles. St Louis, MO: Mosby-Year Book; 2004:184-204.

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