Urostomy diet and hydration advice

After your surgery you may find your appetite is reduced, but it is still important to eat little and often to help your recovery. You should be able to eat normal foods and return back to the food you enjoyed before your surgery.

Some foods may affect the colour and smell of your urine:

  • Beetroot
  • Food dyes
  • Red drinks
  • Asparagus

General advice

You should aim to drink around two litres of fluid a day. This should be increased in hot weather or if you sweat a lot e.g. when exercising, or if you have a raised temperature. If your urine appears dark, this may be a sign that it is more concentrated, so you need to drink more to ensure that the urine is diluted and lighter in colour. If your urine remains dark, odorous or cloudy, this may be a sign of infection. Please seek advice from your Stoma Care Nurse.

If you have any concerns about the effect of your diet or medication on your urostomy, please seek the advice of your Stoma Care Nurse or GP.