Ostomy Care

An ostomy is a procedure that diverts stool from the intestines directly out of the body. A piece of your intestine is brought out to the abdominal wall; this is called a stoma. It can be either temporary or permanent and is performed for a number of reasons, including:

  • Bowel blockage
  • Bowel resection
  • Cancer
  • Traumatic injury to the bowel
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Diverticulitis

Feces are collected into a pouch outside of your body which then must be emptied. Your nurse will help you change and monitor your pouch for any irregularities after your surgery. It will need to be changed every five to seven days, unless it begins to leak. Our nurses will guide you through this new lifestyle by teaching you about physical and dietary restrictions. In addition, they will perform the following skilled services:

  • Care of new ostomies, ileostomies, stomas
  • Pouch maintenance
  • Ostomy irrigation
  • Examination of skin around stoma

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