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Urostomy Care

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is urostomy care?

Urostomy care is done to keep your urostomy and the skin around it clean. This helps prevent an infection or skin problems. A urostomy specialist will show you how to care for your urostomy.

What products are used for a urostomy?

How do I empty my pouch?

Empty your pouch about every 2 to 4 hours. You may need to change your pouch more often if you drink a lot of fluids. Always empty the pouch when it becomes 1/3 full. Do not let the pouch fill completely. A full pouch puts pressure on the seal and may cause a leak. The pouch may also come off, causing urine to spill. Ask your healthcare provider if you need to measure your urine when you empty your pouch. The following is general information about how to change your pouch:

How do I change my pouch?

Your urostomy specialist will tell you how often to change your pouch and will show you how. Most pouches should be changed every 3 to 4 days to prevent an infection. You may need to change your pouch any time your skin sweats or gets wet. Always change it if is leaking. The best time to change your pouch is in the morning before you drink any liquids. You will have less urine draining for your stoma at this time. The following is general information about how to change your pouch:

Stoma Care

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

What can I do to care for myself after a urostomy?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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