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Ostomy Types

Colostomy, Urostomy or Ileostomy, we've got all the information you need.
Your ostomy will, in most cases, improve your general health and get you back to living a full life.
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What is an Ostomy?

When you have ostomy surgery, an opening called a stoma is created in the abdomen (belly).

Your stoma provides an alternate way for waste materials to leave your body. The location of the stoma depends upon the type of surgery you need.1

There are many common reasons for an ostomy, including:²

  • Colon, bladder or rectal cancer
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis
  • Inherited conditions, such as familial adenomatous polyposis (a type of colorectal cancer passed down through families)
  • Birth anomalies
  • Penetrative wounds and other trauma to the abdomen
  • Spina bifida or other congenital conditions
  • Obstruction of the ureter

Depending on the disease or wound, an ostomy may be temporary (to allow for healing and a return to normal elimination) or permanent.2 Your doctor will tell you whether your ostomy will be temporary or permanent.



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What to Expect: At your pre-surgery visit

Like most people who are preparing for ostomy surgery, you may be wondering what to expect.
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What to Expect: In the hospital

Common questions you may choose to ask your healthcare professional while you are in the hospital.
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What to Expect: Immediate weeks following surgery

When you are in the hospital, you will be taught how to care for your stoma.

An overview of the ostomy market and ConvaTec's ostomy model. Global Business Intelligence Analysis 2004. October, 2004. Data on file, ConvaTec.
A-Malik R, Clarke N, Pearse I, Carlson GL. Intestinal and urological stomas: surgical aspects. In: Lyon CC, Smith AJ, eds. Abdominal Stomas and Their Skin Disorders: An Atlas of Diagnosis and Management. London, UK: Martin Dunitz; 2001:1-20

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