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.
We would like to introduce you to Heather’s Mission. Heather’s Mission is an Ostomy Foundation dedicated to improving the lives of those with Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Heather’s Mission was started by Heather Christiansen. Heather was diagnosed at the age of 40 with aggressive ulcerative colitis. After many [...]
Collin Jarvis, Vice President of Stealth Belt Inc. just ran one of the fastest marathons ever with an ostomy, proving that those with an ostomy have no limits. He recently ran the Edmonton Marathon and finished in third place with a time of 2:27:30.
Mayo Clinic Arizona
Ostomy Support Group
If you or someone you know has a colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy, you may be interested in attending the Mayo Clinic Arizona Ostomy Support Group
Information on managing stoma and skin surrounding stoma
Updates on new and current [...]
written by Charlene Germer, RN, C.W.C.N
There are people who enjoy swimming but feel as though having an ostomy prevents them from continuing to enjoy this activity. At first it may seem that swimming is no longer acceptable because of having to wear an ostomy pouch and fear [...]
written by Olivia Baker, MS, RDN
When you hear that you need to have ileostomy surgery, you may wonder how this will affect your diet. The biggest concerns that patients with an ileostomy have include ostomy output, odor, and gas. While there is not an “official” ileostomy diet, [...]