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After Urostomy Creation

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.


After a urostomy,

you will need to care for your stoma and the skin around it. You will also need to prevent infections.

Seek care immediately if:

Contact your healthcare provider if:


You may need any of the following:

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Go slowly and be careful after surgery:

You may need to limit your activities for the first 2 to 3 weeks after surgery. Do not lift anything heavy. Ask your healthcare provider when you can return to your normal activities and sports. Contact sports, such as football, may not be safe for you even after you heal from surgery.

Care for your stoma and the skin around the stoma:

Ask when you can take a bath or shower after surgery:

You can leave the pouch on or take it off when you bathe. If you leave the pouch off, urine may leak out of the stoma while you bathe. This is normal. Carefully dry the skin around the stoma and apply new skin protection.

Drink liquids as directed:

You may need to drink more liquid than before your urostomy. Liquid will help prevent a urinary tract infection. Ask your healthcare provider how much liquid you should drink each day. Ask which liquids are best for you.

Return to work when your healthcare provider says it is okay:

You may need to wait a few days before you can return to work. You may need support to prevent a hernia if you lift heavy items or perform heavy labor. An ostomy belt placed over the pouch will help keep it in place.

Carry extra supplies with you in case your bag leaks:

Supplies include extra pouches, skin protection products, and a change of clothing. Wear loose clothing so it will not rub against the stoma.

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