Ostomy Canada

Urostomates & UTI's

My Ostomy

Living with a urostomy comes with its unique set of challenges, and one common concern for urostomates is the increased risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs). UTIs can be uncomfortable and potentially serious, but with proper care and awareness, individuals with urostomies can effectively manage and prevent these infections.

Understanding Urostomies

A urostomy is a surgical procedure that involves creating an opening (stoma) in the abdominal wall for urine to pass through. This is typically done after the removal of the bladder due to conditions such as bladder cancer, birth defects or other medical reasons. The urine is diverted through the stoma into an external pouch, known as a urostomy bag, which collects and contains the urine.

Why are Urostomates at Higher Risk for UTIs?

Urostomates are more susceptible to UTIs due to the altered urinary system. The absence of the bladder and the redirection of urine through the stoma can create an environment where bacteria may thrive. Additionally, the stoma itself can be a potential entry point for bacteria, increasing the risk of infection.

Preventative Measures for Urostomates:

  1. Hygiene is Key:
    1. Wash hands thoroughly before and after handling the urostomy bag.
    2. Clean the stoma and surrounding area with mild soap and water regularly.
    3. Ensure the skin around the stoma is dry before applying a new pouch.
  2. Stay Hydrated:
    1. Adequate hydration helps flush out bacteria from the urinary system.
    2. Consult with a healthcare professional to determine the appropriate fluid intake for your specific needs.
  3. Choose the Right Products:
    1. Select urostomy products designed to minimize irritation and provide a secure fit.
    2. Consider using accessories like barrier creams or powders, as recommended by healthcare professionals.

Managing UTIs in Urostomates:

  1. Seek Medical Attention:
    1. If you experience symptoms of a UTI (such as pain, burning sensation, or changes in urine colour), consult your healthcare provider promptly.
  2. Promptly Change Urostomy Bags:
    1. Change the urostomy bag promptly if it becomes full or damaged to prevent bacterial growth.
  3. Stay Informed:
    1. Educate yourself about the signs and symptoms of UTIs to detect them early.
    2. Attend regular check-ups with healthcare providers to monitor overall urostomy health,

Living with a urostomy requires diligence and proactive care to minimize the risk of UTIs. By incorporating good hygiene practices, maintaining proper hydration, and staying informed about potential risks, urostomates can effectively manage and prevent urinary tract infections, leading to a healthier and more comfortable lifestyle. Always consult with healthcare professionals for personalized advice and guidance based on your unique circumstances.

MyOstomy offers a variety of supplies and products for Urostomates of all types and preferences. Shop here for our full ostomy collection.