Urine is made by the kidneys and travels through two tubes (ureters) to the bladder. The urine is stored here before passing out of the body through the urethra. If a problem occurs within the bladder, this process may be changed, leading to the bladder being removed from the body and having to find a new system for urine to be passed from the body - this is a when a urostomy is formed.
This page provides useful video guides, an overview of the types of urostomy and the different product types that have been designed specifically for those that have a urostomy.
After surgery, your stoma may be quite swollen to begin with, but will reduce in size over time – usually after six to eight weeks.
No sensation, no pain
A stoma is red in colour. This is because it is a mucous membrane, just like the mucous membrane inside your mouth. There is no sensation in the stoma, so it is not at all painful to touch. The stoma can bleed a little when being cleaned, especially in the beginning, but this is quite normal, and should stop shortly afterwards.
Stomas come in all different shapes and sizes - some are quite short and sit flat against the belly, while some protrude a little. Some people will have more than one stoma, depending on their condition.