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What can help ease your life with an outside pouch after bladder removal surgery?

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Some tips can help ease your life with an outside pouch:

  • Empty it when it’s 1/3 full to keep it flat.
  • You can wear tight clothing and even bathing suits. Ostomy wraps or bands can help reduce any bulge and keep it in place.
  • Try pouch deodorants if you’re worried about smells when you empty it.
  • If you want, wear a smaller bag or a waterproof cover when you swim.
  • Go easy on beverages near your bedtime, and attach a larger night drainage bag to hold more urine while you sleep.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Bladder cancer,” “Bladder removal surgery,” “Adapting to life after colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy.”

Cancer Research UK: “Living with bladder reconstruction.”

American Cancer Society: “Second Cancers After Bladder Cancer,” “American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer,” “Radical Cystectomy.”

Brady Urology at Johns Hopkins Hospital: “Quality of Life After Surgery for Bladder Cancer.”

United Ostomy Associations of America: “Continent Urostomy Guide.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 16, 2017

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SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Bladder cancer,” “Bladder removal surgery,” “Adapting to life after colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy.”

Cancer Research UK: “Living with bladder reconstruction.”

American Cancer Society: “Second Cancers After Bladder Cancer,” “American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer,” “Radical Cystectomy.”

Brady Urology at Johns Hopkins Hospital: “Quality of Life After Surgery for Bladder Cancer.”

United Ostomy Associations of America: “Continent Urostomy Guide.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 16, 2017

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