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.
The ostomy community has been affected by the outbreak of Covid-19. Many in-person support groups have had to cancel in-person meetings due to CDC guidelines. Attending ostomy group meetings often provides ostomates with educational opportunities and open discussion which helps with caring for their ostomies. Having a safe place [...]
Jonathan Negretti finishes the World Marathon Challenge. 7 Marathons in 7 Days on 7 Continents
Congratulations, Jonathan on being the first Ostomate to finish this amazing accomplishment.
The world marathon challenge is a logistical and physical challenge to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days [...]
The world marathon challenge is a logistical and physical challenge to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days. Between February 6 – 12, competitors will run the standard 42.2 km marathon each day for 7 days on the continents of Antarctica, Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, South American [...]
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.