Ostomies

An ostomy (or stoma) is a surgical opening made in the skin as a way for waste products to leave the body. An ostomy can allow wastes to leave from the intestines (ileostomy or colostomy) or from the bladder (urostomy). The guides in this section explain the different types of ostomies, why they might be needed, and how they might affect a person's life.

Colostomy Guide

This guide will help you better understand colostomy – what it is, why it's needed, how it affects the normal digestive system, and what changes it can bring to a person's life.

Ileostomy Guide

This guide can help you understand what an ileostomy is, why it's needed, how it affects the normal digestive system, and what changes it brings to a person's life.

Urostomy Guide

This guide will help you better understand what a urostomy is, why it's needed, how it affects the normal urinary system, and the changes it can bring to a person's life.