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What is a urostomy ?

A urostomy is a stoma that is formed to divert urine when the bladder has been removed.

The two ureters from the kidneys are plumbed into a small isolated segment of small bowel, which protrudes out from the abdominal wall. The piece of small bowel used will form the urinary stoma.

A urostomy is almost always situated on the right side of the abdomen, unless for surgical/technical reasons. When the bladder is removed a urostomy will always be permanent.

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