Preparing for Ostomy Surgery
Ostomy surgery can be scary, but you’re in good company. We can help you get ready—physically and mentally.
If you are facing ostomy surgery, you have a medical condition or injury that is stopping your bowel or bladder from working properly. But you’re not alone. There are at least 1.3 million people today, of all ages and backgrounds, living active productive lives with an ostomy1. Ostomy surgery is life changing in many ways. Like any major surgery, it can also be nerve-wracking—for you and your loved ones. The process of feeling comfortable living with your ostomy starts with understanding the procedure and what questions you should ask your healthcare team before surgery. We’re here to help you—now and every step of the way on your ostomy journey.
If you are preparing for ostomy surgery, the good news is, you don’t have to go through it alone.
A dedicated team of me+™ ostomy nurses and product specialists is just a phone call away, 1-800-422-8811, with answers and support to make preparing for surgery and living with an ostomy a little easier. Whether you need help with ostomy care, knowing what products to use or are coping with tricky lifestyle issues, they genuinely care about you and getting you back to doing the things you love.
Meet Rebecca Zamolo
After eight years of suffering with Ulcerative Colitis, Rebecca decided to have her colon removed and is now actively promoting awareness of inflammatory bowel diseases and living with an ostomy. Since the time of her documentary, Inside Out - My battle with IBD, Rebecca was able to have reversal surgery.
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Preparing for Ostomy Surgery
Ostomy surgery can be scary, but you’re in good company. We can help you get ready—physically and mentally.Learn more
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At Your Pre-Surgery Visit
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In the hospital
Stoma placement may also be discussed in your pre-surgery visit. If your surgeon does not discuss stoma placement with you, we encourage you to ask about it before surgery.Read more
Getting Back Into Life
Immediate Weeks Following Surgery
When you are in the hospital, you will be taught how to care for your stoma.Read more
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