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 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, [...]
written by D. Fechner RN, CWOCN
Intimacy and an Ostomy
Let’s talk about one of the things that no one wants to bring up…..but what everyone is thinking! Am I right?!? One of the biggest concerns for new ostomates is how the ostomy will affect their relationships. [...]
written by Mary Famorca MAN, RN, COCN
REDUCING RISK OF COMPLICATIONS: Recovering after surgery
After a major surgery, it is necessary to recognize that each individual have different levels of energy and strength to meet the physical demands of their job, school or life in general. It [...]
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: [...]