Ostomy is a life-changing procedure that can give you the freedom to resume the life you want — but an ostomy also requires daily attention and care. These guides will help you understand how ostomies work, why people need them, and how best to care for a loved one with an ostomy.
Learn how the procedure is performed, the different types of ostomy, and how a stoma works.
Why do children need ostomies, and how do you care for your child’s ostomy? Learn about different types of pediatric ostomies.
Learn the basics of caring for an ostomy: how to care for your stoma, how to put on your ostomy appliance, how to empty a pouch and how to make sure your peristomal skin stays in good condition.
You are not alone in your ostomy caregiving journey. Discover the resources that are available to help you succeed.
Sometimes an ostomy is a lifesaving emergency procedure. In other cases, people choose to have ostomy surgery to improve their quality of life. These are some medical conditions that may require a colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy.