Ostomy

Welcome to the Mayo Clinic Ostomy Surgery Page. An ostomy is a surgically created opening in your abdomen that allows waste or urine to leave your body. It takes time to become comfortable with an ostomy. Our goal is to connect you with others and provide you with information and support.

Follow the Ostomy page to learn about ostomy care, read experiences of others and find resources for all your ostomy needs. Post a comment and share your thoughts.

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Oct 23, 2018

Traveling with Your Ostomy

By Candy-CWOCN RN @candywocrn
The holidays are about family. Seeing our families sometimes means travel.  Are you nervous about traveling with your ostomy?  Don’t let your ostomy get in your way of your fall travel plans. Preparing for travel can help put your mind at ease. Create a checklist of supplies.  Ensure [...]
Traveling with Your Ostomy
Oct 18, 2018

Peristomal Skin Care

By Candy-CWOCN RN @candywocrn
The skin around your stoma is called your peristomal skin. Maintaining healthy skin in this area is very important.  Most people do not think about skin health when they think of ostomies.  However, the skin surrounding your stoma can have a great impact on your quality of life.  Healthy [...]
Peristomal Skin Care
Oct 2, 2018

What is an Ostomy Nurse?

By Candy-CWOCN RN @candywocrn
An ostomy nurse, often called WOC or enterostomal nurse, are nurses who are experts in the treatment of complex wounds, ostomy issues and incontinence.  The role of the ostomy nurse is very important in your journey with an ostomy. The ostomy nurse is a specialized role that is [...]
What is an Ostomy Nurse?
Sep 15, 2018

World Ostomy Awareness Day

By Candy-CWOCN RN @candywocrn
An ostomy is a type of surgery that creates an opening in the abdomen that allows the removal of stool or urine when a person has lost the normal function of the digestive or urinary systems.  There are many reasons someone would need ostomy surgery.  These include birth defects, [...]
World Ostomy Awareness Day
Sep 2, 2018

Patient Story: Traveling the World

By Candy-CWOCN RN @candywocrn
written by Teddy S. Growing up I did not know I had Ulcerative Colitis until I was diagnosed at 18 years old, but looking back I had symptoms since I was a little kid. When I was finally diagnosed, I was using the restroom 10 or more times [...]
Patient Story:  Traveling the World

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