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Urostomy Creation

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about urostomy creation?

Urostomy creation is surgery to create a new way for urine to drain from your body. This may be needed if your bladder is not working correctly or was removed, such as for cancer treatment. A part of the small intestine called the ileum is used to create an opening on your abdomen called a stoma. Urine will leave your body through the stoma. The urine will either be stored in the ilium or flow into a pouch. This depends on the kind of surgery you have.


How do I prepare for surgery?

What will happen during surgery?

What should I expect after surgery?

You may need to stay in the hospital for 3 to 5 days after surgery.

What are the risks of urostomy creation?

Scar tissue may form in your abdomen and cause a bowel blockage. You may have trouble controlling urine. You may have bowel movements more often than before surgery, or you may have diarrhea. Bacteria may get into the urostomy and cause a urinary tract infection.

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