Pronounced: Your-os-toe-meEn Español (Spanish Version)
A ostomy creates an opening in the abdominal wall. A urostomy reroutes urine so that urine can pass through this new opening to a bag outside the body. Sometimes an internal pouch is created using the intestine.
You should be able to return to normal activities after your urostomy.
The Female Urinary System
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A urostomy may be needed if urine is not able to pass through the urinary system. Most of the time, a urostomy is needed because of problems with the bladder such as:.
- Bladder cancer
- Birth defects
- Chronic inflammation
- Nerve-muscle control problems
Last reviewedJune 2013by Adrienne Carmack, MD
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