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An ostomy, or stoma, is a surgically created passage that diverts stool from the intestines and sends it to a collection bag on the abdomen.
When we perform colorectal cancer surgery, we can frequently avoid the need for an ostomy. But sometimes an ostomy is necessary — either temporarily to let the intestines heal or permanently because significant colon or rectal tissue was removed.
If you do need an ostomy, our specialized nurses provide all the support you need. While an ostomy requires some adjustment, you can do everything you did beforehand — run, golf, work, have sex and live your usual life.
All stomas are not alike. Our experienced surgeons create stomas that make the process as simple and straightforward as possible. They create two types of ostomy:
It’s natural to feel worried, concerned or confused about what’s involved with an ostomy and how to care for it. We’re here for every part of your ostomy care, whether it’s temporary or permanent. We help you learn to live with an ostomy.
We provide support chiefly through our specialized ostomy nurse practitioners, certified by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB). Our nurse practitioners offer:
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