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Is there a surgical solution to hernias?
October 14, 2011 : : 0 comments

In the case of large hernias it might be necessary to undergo further surgery to repair them.  If the wearing of support garments and taking other various steps fails to prevent the hernia…

My urostomy bleeds when it is being cleaned. Is this okay?
October 11, 2011 : : 0 comments

The surface of the stoma consists of material that contains millions of tiny blood vessels. They are now exposed to the air and are not covered in skin, like the rest of the…

What is the best type of bag for my urostomy?
October 11, 2011 : : 0 comments

There are many different styles available. The basic differences are:

  • Clear or opaque
  • One-piece or two-piece
  • Flat or convexity
  • Pre-cut or cut-to-fit

All urostomy bags have a tap-like outlet for easy emptying.

There are so many varieties; therefore it…

How often do I need to attend to my bag?
October 11, 2011 : : 0 comments

The bag acts as a new reservoir for storing urine and mucus. Once the bag is 1/3 – ½ full it will need to be emptied. Your STN will teach you how to…

What happens if I forget to check my bag?
October 11, 2011 : : 0 comments

If your bag overfills, it will start to lift away from your skin. This will cause leakage and will not be very pleasant for you.

You may use a special night bag to give…

When can I resume my usual tasks, e.g. housework, drive a car, work, play sport?
October 11, 2011 : : 0 comments

This will depend on your general health and how quickly you recover.

If you have any other health issues, like diabetes, wound infection, chest problems, it may take longer for you to recover.

It usually…

Where do I get my urostomy care supplies from?
October 11, 2011 : : 0 comments

People with a stoma, who live in Australia, are part of the best system in the world. We have a special scheme, called the stoma appliance scheme (SAS).

It is managed by the Department…

Do I need a special diet?
October 11, 2011 : : 0 comments

As long as you are not usually on a special diet, you can resume enjoying a normal healthy food plan.

Be aware that certain foods, such as asparagus, can cause urine to have an…

Do I always have to cut the hole in my urostomy products?
October 11, 2011 : : 0 comments

If you have a round stoma, you may get pre-cut products once your stoma has settled to its ultimate size.

If your stoma is oval or uneven in shape you will need to cut…

The skin around my stoma is red and sore. Am I doing something wrong?
October 11, 2011 : : 0 comments

Possibly the most common reason for sore and red skin is incorrect sizing.

If you are unsure, make an appointment to see your STN.

The hole should be a snug (not tight) fit around the…

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