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.
written by J. Morris RN, MSN, CWOCN
Cleanliness and Odor Control
One of the biggest concerns for new Ostomates is the fear of odor from their new ostomy. Whether you have a urostomy, ileostomy or colostomy, this can be a legitimate concern. But there is great news: [...]
Our bodies change and with that sometimes our ostomy pouching system may need to change too. There is no one size fits all for everybody or every stoma. Gaining or lose of weight, abdominal surgery or even natural changes from aging can change our stoma and surrounding skin which [...]
written by J. Stanhill
My Ostomy Improved My Quality of Life
My story goes back to 1974. I had just graduated from culinary school in Los Angeles. I was having digestive issues, and on the advise of my parents, went to see a gastroenterologist. I was diagnosed [...]
Many patients undergoing ostomy surgery find that surrounding themselves with support can aid in their recovery. This support can be found through caregivers, family, friends, medical professionals and others facing the same surgery. There are many caring people that can help you to manage life with an ostomy.
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 [...]