What is a Urostomy?
A urostomy is the surgical creation of an artificial opening, or stoma, in order to divert the natural flow of urinary waste from the body.
After urostomy surgery, urine will pass through a newly created tube and out through the stoma. Urine will be collected by a urostomy bag going forward. Ostomates who live with a urostomy may also need other urostomy supplies and accessories. Despite needing some new ostomy supplies to accompany their urostomy, people are able to go back to their normal lives after healing from their urostomy surgery.
When is a Urostomy Necessary?
In a healthy and fully functioning urinary system, kidneys work to process the body’s waste, then they excrete urine. Next, ureters collect the urine and send it to the bladder. Finally, the bladder works to hold urine until it’s time to release. However, when one part or all parts of this system are non-functioning or diseased, a urostomy may be a medically necessary surgery to save a life or restore one’s quality of life.
Various reasons contribute to why someone may require a urostomy. For example, if someone has bladder cancer, a doctor may determine that the solution is to remove part of or all of the bladder, which is known as a cystectomy. Severe incontinence or neurogenic bladders can sometimes lead to having a urostomy as a solution.
Other potential causes of needing a urostomy may include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Spina bifida
- Severe chronic infections
- Ureter blockage
- Life-threatening disease such as bladder cancer
What to Do After Urostomy Surgery
After you have a urostomy surgery, you’ll probably be feeling a lot of things. On top of the weakness and fatigue that can sometimes accompany a major surgery, you may also have feelings of fear or shame weighing you down.
We’re here to reassure you that there is nothing shameful about living with a urostomy. Around 1,000,000 Americans also have ostomies, including colostomies and ileostomies too, and they’re able to live a normal life. You might be surprised to hear some of the adventures our customers with urostomies get to experience.
First, before you start getting active, be sure to check with your doctor. They’ll monitor how you’re healing after your surgery. Additionally, they’re the best source for any medical advice about your urostomy. However, once you’re given the okay from your doctor, you can get back to a normal life.
Want more detailed information about your urostomy and what to expect after urostomy surgery? Take a look at this helpful guide provided by ConvaTec, Living With Confidence after Urostomy Surgery.
Where to Get Urostomy Supplies
Of course, once you have a urostomy, you’ll need urostomy supplies, such as urostomy bags, skin barriers, adhesive remover wipes, and more. This is all to collect your urine and keep your peristomal skin (the skin around your new stoma) healthy.
180 Medical is a trusted provider of ostomy supplies and intermittent catheters for customers all across the United States. We’re known for our top-notch customer service that doesn’t stop at your first order. We’re here for your needs, and we’re always glad to help if you need to change something in your urostomy supply orders. Additionally, 180 Medical customers have access to a team of certified WOCNs (Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses) for any questions or concerns about your ostomy.
We’d love to help you take your next step toward better health by helping you find just the right urostomy products for your unique needs. Contact our Ostomy Specialists today to experience the 180 Medical difference.