Urostomy Supplies and Care
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Edgepark provides you with the urostomy care information that you need.
Anyone who has surgery that causes urine to bypass the bladder has had a urostomy. With this procedure, urine often leaves the body through a stoma – or opening – in the abdomen. You may still have your bladder or it may have been removed.
In either case, you'll need information about your urostomy care; find information specifically about urostomy care after a continent urinary diversion here.
If you've had a urostomy, you may need to use a urostomy bag to collect urine.
A urostomy bag has a spout at the bottom so you can drain urine. You can talk to your physician about which style of urostomy bag is best for you; most are lightweight and odor proof. Options include a one-piece or a two-piece urostomy bag; a reusable or a disposable bag; and a pre-cut or cut-to-fit bag.
When you change your urostomy bag, follow these tips:
- Wash hands before and after changing the bag, using soap and water
- Drain the bag, then remove it by pulling the urostomy pouch away from the stoma
- Use soap and water to clean the skin around the stoma, choosing soap with no perfume; pat skin dry
- Cover your stoma with gauze while changing your pouch; replace the pouch
- If your pouch is reusable, soak it in hot water and vinegar for 30 minutes; rinse and then air dry
Edgepark also provides information about stoma care.
Urostomy care: here are answers to common questions after a urostomy.
- Urostomy diet: drink at least 64 ounces of liquids daily. You are not limited in your diet, although you may choose to limit foods that cause urine odor (asparagus, cheese and eggs)
- Exercise: exercise is key in staying healthy; work with your physician to design an exercise program
- Work: you can work when your physician says you can; if you do heavy lifting, your physician may recommend an ostomy belt for protection
- Traveling: take along extra urostomy supplies. If you fly, take your urostomy supplies in your carry-on luggage; if you drive, keep your urostomy supplies in a cool spot (not your glove box!)
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Additional colostomy, ileostomy, urostomy and ostomy information can be found below:
- Ostomy Supplies
- Working with a Colostomy
- Ileostomy Care
- Ostomy Barrier Cream
- New Ostomy Tips
- Home Medical Supplies
- Ostomy Diet
- Temporary Colostomy Care
- Overall Colostomy Care
- Colostomy Care: Self Care
Consult your physician before making any changes in your ostomy care.
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