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The urinary system

Your urinary system

The urinary system consists of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Urine is formed in the kidneys, and the ureters transport the urine from the kidneys to the bladder. The bladder then stores the urine until you feel the desire to urinate, when the muscle of the bladder will contract to force urine out of the body through a tube called the urethra.

The urinary ststem:

  •   Kidneys
  •   Ureters
  •   Bladder
  •   Urethra

What is a urostomy?

A urostomy is a type of urinary diversion which involves disconnecting the ureters from the bladder and attaching them into a short length (15-25cms) of small bowel, which has been removed and re-formed, creating a reservoir through which the urine will flow. One end of the removed piece of bowel will be closed off, while the other will be brought to the surface of your abdomen, as a urinary stoma. You may or may not have your bladder removed, depending on the reasons for your surgery. Your Stoma Care Nurse will be able to explain this in further detail.

Info: A urostomy is usually on the right-hand side of your abdomen, but in some circumstances it may be made on the left-hand side.