After urostomy surgery, you will need to use a pouch with a spout at the bottom to drain the urine. Pouches are available in a variety of styles and your Wound Ostomy Continence (WOC) Nurse will help choose the one that best suits your needs. Pouches are odor-proof, made of clear or beige plastic with cloth backing, and are held to the skin by an adhesive barrier. The pouches are lightweight and discrete.
The two main types of pouching systems are :
- one-piece system
- two-piece system
A one-piece system refers to a system where the pouch and barrier come as a single unit. A two-piece system has a separate pouch and barrier which attach together. With a two-piece system, you have the option of changing the pouch without changing the barrier. You are also able to remove the pouch to empty and clean it.
Both systems are gentle on your skin, lightweight, leak-proof, and odor-proof; providing a comfortable and discrete pouching system.
Your WOC Nurse can assist you in choosing the right system, as well as answer questions about taking care of your stoma. You can be sure your questions and concerns have been raised before.
See advice for before and after your urostomy operation for more information.