Getting used to a urinary diversion and learning to look after it takes time, but help is available. Like anything new, it gets easier with practice. Most people find that they soon get used to it.
Before you leave hospital, the nurse will make sure you have a supply of the equipment you need. When you’re at home, you can get your supplies (urostomy bags or catheters) directly from a supplier or your chemist. Your stoma nurse will tell you more about this. The Urostomy Association can also give you details of suppliers.
When you get home, you will still be able to phone your specialist nurse for advice. You may also have contact with a community stoma nurse. The hospital staff will arrange for a district nurse to visit you when you first leave hospital. The nurse can help you if you have any problems with your urinary diversion.