View our Product Catalog to find products you can try for free.
It’s helpful to know some key facts about your urinary system and your urostomy before surgery. Get up to speed so you’re well-informed about your procedure.
If you are about to have urostomy surgery, you might have some questions. Below is some essential information about your urinary system, as well as some basic facts about your urostomy procedure.
Facts about your urinary system
The human urinary system begins with the kidneys. The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs located just above the waistline toward the back. Urine or liquid waste flows from the kidneys through two narrow tubes, called ureters, and collects in the bladder.
The flow of urine from the kidney into the bladder is fairly constant. A sphincter muscle allows the bladder to store urine until it is convenient to empty the bladder, or urinate. When a person urinates, the sphincter muscle relaxes, allowing urine to flow out of the body through a narrow tube called the urethra.
What’s a urostomy?
A urostomy is a surgically-created opening designed to drain urine. It is also sometimes referred to as an ileal conduit stoma or a urinary diversion. Here are a few facts you should know:
Type of urostomies
Your surgeon may select one of several methods to create the urostomy. The most common method is called an ileal conduit. Here are the basics of this procedure:
Another type of urinary diversion is called a colon conduit, which is similar to an ileal conduit with one major difference. To construct a colon conduit, the surgeon uses a short segment of the large intestine instead of the small intestine. The open end of the conduit is passed through the abdominal wall, creating the stoma opening.
Now that you know the basics about how your urinary system works and about urostomy surgery, explore what you need to know about ostomy pouching systems.
Let us help you find the CeraPlus™ Product* that will give you the security you need to enable healthy skin in your daily life.Read More
We conducted a survey to better understand the impact that living with an ostomy has on sleep.Read More
It’s natural to be concerned about odors and gas after your ostomy. Explore products and routines for minimizing ostomy odors and gas.Read More
Prior to use, be sure to read the Instructions for Use for information regarding Intended Use, Contraindications, Warnings, Precautions, and Instructions.
The information provided herein is not medical advice and is not intended to substitute for the advice of your personal physician or other healthcare provider. This information should not be used to seek help in a medical emergency. If you experience a medical emergency, seek medical treatment in person immediately.
We want to make it as easy as possible for you to navigate our website. Please select your country and preferred language to ensure that you see customized content and accurate product availability information.
Sorry, but we were unable to load this content. Please try again.
You are now leaving the Hollister Incorporated website and are going to a website that is not operated by us. Hollister Incorporated is not responsible for the content on or availability of linked sites. Please be aware that linked sites may have different security or privacy policies.