Ostomy vs. Urostomy

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journey2health
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   Posted 10/12/2011 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, which is more dramatically life changing an Ostomy or Urostomy? And why? Anyone know about Urostomy's?

80sChick
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   Posted 10/12/2011 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
This question doesn't really make sense. An ostomy is technically the name for a surgically created opening from an organ to outside of the body. The types we generally see here on this board are:

-colostomy
-ileostomy
-urostomy

Could you be more specific about what you're asking?
Stephanie, 29 years old

March 2000-Diagnosed Crohn's Colitis
(Tried every drug imaginable, but lived 10 years with daily diarrhea)
March 18, 2010-Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy! :)
(Now med free, 4 subsequent procedures to correct blockages at stoma site)

Stoma named Zoe...She's my best bud!! :)

journey2health
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   Posted 10/16/2011 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Just an update, my friend is having his bladder removed, they will make a neobladder and he chose a urostomy rather than depend on the neobladder to empty all the urine through the regular channel.

Anyway, he's very focused on the cancer right now and has heart issues that are delaying it. They told him he has a three month window, the cancer in the bladder is apparently very aggressive.

Sorry I didn't know my terminology. Thanks for clarification
In remission (yippee!)--pancolitis since 8/09. Asacol 3200 mg. Canasa or Rowasa daily, Probiotic -RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care, vitamins, calcium, l-acetyl carnitine. Limit dairy, red meat, citrus, sugar, carbs, no alcohol. Bipolar/anxiety/depression: lamictal 200 mg, Lexapro 10 mg; wellbutrin 150 mg, Sleep-(ZMA) zinc-magnesium-B6, occasional Zyprexa 2.5 mg.

journey2health
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   Posted 10/16/2011 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Just an update, my friend is having his bladder removed, they will make a neobladder and he chose a urostomy rather than depend on the neobladder to empty all the urine through the regular channel.

Anyway, he's very focused on the cancer right now and has heart issues that are delaying it. They told him he has a three month window, the cancer in the bladder is apparently very aggressive.

Sorry I didn't know my terminology. Thanks for clarification
In remission (yippee!)--pancolitis since 8/09. Asacol 3200 mg. Canasa or Rowasa daily, Probiotic -RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care, vitamins, calcium, l-acetyl carnitine. Limit dairy, red meat, citrus, sugar, carbs, no alcohol. Bipolar/anxiety/depression: lamictal 200 mg, Lexapro 10 mg; wellbutrin 150 mg, Sleep-(ZMA) zinc-magnesium-B6, occasional Zyprexa 2.5 mg.

Purgatory
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   Posted 10/16/2011 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I had Urostomy surgey a year ago. It was called the Ileal Conduit Surgery. My bladder and bladder neck were burned and destroyed as the result of having Salvage Radiation done, as the result of having my prostate cancer surgery failing. I went through a full year of terrible pain, unable to urinate on my own, and requiring having a suprapubic catheter in place for 52 weeks.

It was a difficult surgery with a difficult recovery. If you have any Urostomy specific questions, I would be more than happy to help you answer them.

As the result of this surgery, I ended up with a convex (inner) stoma, and use the Hollister 2-piece devices with pretty good results, usually can get 7-9 days between changes.

I am a regular on the prostate cancer segment of HW, and have been for 3 years, but I check here on a regular basis because I do have an ostomy.

David in S.C.
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06, 2/11 1.24, 4/11 3.81, 6/11 5.8
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10
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