After your operation urostmy

“Being prepared made life easier after my urostomy operation”

Having a new stoma can take a bit of getting used to. But with the right advice I soon got into the swing of things and found it easy to change my pouches. Here are a few things to bear in mind after your operation.

Waking up after your urostomy operation More info

When you wake up after your operation, you will be wearing a stoma bag. Your stoma may be swollen at first, but it will reduce in size, over time. You may have drips and drain tubes attached to your body but this is quite normal. Stents will also be in place, at first. These will be removed or will fall out naturally 7–10 days after surgery. You’re bound to feel tired and may experience a range of emotions. Remember: it will take time to recover, both physically and emotionally.

Opposite: Urostomy with stents in place
When will my stoma start to work?More info
Your stoma will start to work straight away. After your operation, you will notice that you have no control over when you pass urine because the stoma has no muscles. Your urine will pass into the bag without your usual urge to urinate. Urine may have a slight red colour to it at first – this is nothing to worry about. You will also notice mucus in your urine. As a result of using part of your ileum, it is normal to experience some constipation or diarrhoea, but this will clear up.
Wearing a urostomy bagMore info
After your operation, you will need to wear a stoma bag. The bag should be stuck onto your abdomen, over your stoma, where it will collect your urine.
There are lots of bags to choose from that can be worn under your normal clothes and even during showering. Urostomy bags have unique features such as non-return valves and taps that allow you to drain urine from the bag into the toilet. Your stoma care nurse will help you find the right one for you.
What type of bag will I wear? More info

Initially, after your operation, you will wear a clear urostomy bag. The nurses will empty your bag until you are feeling well enough to do this yourself. A night drainage bag, which is larger than a normal urostomy bag, will be attached to collect your urine during the night.

Opposite: Urostomy bag (pouch) – front and back
Changing your bag More info

After a while, you will establish a routine for changing your bag and it’s a good idea to keep this as simple as possible. Your stoma will work gradually throughout the day and night. It may be preferable to change your bag in the morning as there is usually less urine output at this time of day.

Preparing your new bag More info

Draw the template of your stoma onto the cutting guide, then cut the hole to this template. It is most important that this hole fits snugly around the stoma to prevent the risk of leakage and irritated skin. Your stoma nurse will show you how to do this – which will become easier – and then your pouches can be pre-cut to your size.

Application More info

Ensure the skin is completely dry before applying a clean bag. 1. Remove the backing film from the adhesive. 2. Fold the pouch in half, then position the pouch around the stoma, working from the bottom and smoothing upwards with your fingers. 3. Ensure there are no creases in the adhesive.

Removal of used bag More info

Remove adhesive carefully, working from the top down, and supporting the skin. Empty contents into the toilet, then place your bag into a disposal bag and put in the dustbin. Use dry wipes/kitchen roll and warm water to clean around the stoma.

How often will I need to change my bag?More info
Your stoma bag will usually need to be emptied, using the tap at the bottom of the bag, between six and eight times per day. Your specialist stoma care nurse will be able to advise you. At night, you can attach a night drainage bag so that you don’t have to get up to empty the urine.
Find a patient meetingMore info
Salts runs a series of sessions all over the UK, giving talks on the issues that affect you every day, from leaks to skin protection. It’s a chance to meet with other ostomists and get specialist advice, while learning more about Salts products and how to use them. Here’s a list of the upcoming meetings happening near you:

OPEN DAYS 2017

Call Freephone 0800 626 388 for more information and to let us know you are coming.
The dates and venues are as follows:

Coffee Morning/Meeting:
  • Wednesday 8th February 2017
  • 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • St Mark’s at Northwick Park Hospital, Watford Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 3UJ

Stoma Care Clinic (For problematic stoma and/or AUR):
  • Tuesday 24th January 2017
  • Tuesday 21st March 2017
  • 9am – 4.00pm
  • Birmingham Central Medilink Branch
  • You must call Freephone 0800 626388 to book an appointment slot

Patient Support Group:
  • Saturday 11th February 2017
  • 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Bradford and Airedale Cancer Centre,
  • 44 Smith Lane, Bradford, BD9 6DA
  • For more details, call Stoma Care Nurse, Lisa Hall, on 07552276747

Moray Ostomates
  • 1st April from 1pm-4pm
  • Moray Resource Centre, Masondieu Road, Elgin IV30 1RX
  • Speaker Mr MacIntyre on stomas - ante and post op Contact Meggie 01343 552449 or Kathleen 07789684285

Scottish Open Days


The Inverness Branch will be holding a Health & Wellbeing Open Day at the following venue:-

Eight Acres Hotel
  • Morriston Road,
  • Elgin
  • IV30 6UL
  • Date: Tuesday 23rd May 2017
  • Time: 2-5pm

Dundee Branch will be holding a Health & Wellbeing Open Day at the following venue:-
Apex Hotel
  • 14th October 2016
  • 1 W Victoria Dock Road
  • Dundee
  • DD1 3JP
  • Date: Friday 27th October 2017
  • Time: 11am-2pm