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An ostomy is surgery to create an opening (stoma) from an area inside the body to the outside. It treats certain diseases of the digestive or urinary systems. It can be permanent, when an organ must be removed. It can be temporary, when the organ needs time to heal. The organ could be the small intestine, colon, rectum, or bladder. With an ostomy, there must be a new way for wastes to leave the body.

There are many different types of ostomy. Some examples are

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  1. Ostomy (National Library of Medicine)  
    An ostomy is surgery to create an opening (stoma) from an area inside the body to the outside. It ... small intestine, colon, rectum, or bladder. With an ostomy, there must be a new way for wastes ...
  2. Ostomy Home Skills Program Video (American College of Surgeons)  
    ... Articles Overview Featured Article Archives Nora Institute Mission Ostomy Home Skills Program The Ostomy Home Skills Kit supports patients with educational and ...
  3. Ostomy Self-Management: Ostomy Care (Greenwich Hospital) - PDF  
    Greenwich Hospital OSTOMY SELF -MANAGEMENT: OSTOMY CARE PATIENT/FAMILY INFORMATION SHEET What is an ostomy? An ostomy is a surgically constructed opening from the bladder or bowel ...
  4. Ostomy Surgery of the Bowel From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)  
    ... Versions PDF Version (729 KB) Alternate Language URL Ostomy Surgery of the Bowel Page Content DUE TO ... through Research For More Information Acknowledgments What is ostomy surgery of the bowel? Ostomy surgery of the ...
  5. Resources - ostomy ... following organizations are good resources for information on ostomies: American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons - www. ...
  6. Stomas (or Ostomies) (American Cancer Society)  
    ... Sleep problems Next Topic Swallowing problems Stomas (or ostomies) A stoma is a surgically created opening in ... fibers. Ask to meet with a respiratory therapist, ostomy nurse, or speech-language pathologist if you need ...
  7. Ostomy Supplies (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)  
    ... service covered? Search Medicare.gov for covered items Ostomy supplies How often is it covered? Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers the amount of ostomy supplies your doctor says you need, based on ...
  8. Ostomy: Home Management and Other Resources (American College of Surgeons) - PDF  
    ... WOC nurse’s name and number: Other contacts: Your Ostomy Care Supplies Your current pouching system is (company ... http://surgicalpatienteducation.org 1-800- 621- 4111 Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN®) www.wocn.org/ ...
  9. Ostomy Self-Management: Food and Your Stoma (Greenwich Hospital) - PDF  
    Greenwich Hospital OSTOMY SELF -MANAGEMENT: FOOD AND YOUR STOMA PATIENT/FAMILY INFORMATION SHEET Do I need to be on a special diet after ostomy surgery? For the first six to eight weeks ...
  10. Your ostomy pouch is a heavy-duty plastic bag that you wear outside your body to collect your stool (“poop”). Using an ostomy pouch is the best way to handle your ...
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