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An ostomy (or stoma) is a surgical opening made in the skin when a problem is not allowing a part of the body to function well. Learn the different types of ostomies, why they might be needed, and how they might affect a person's life.

Types of Ostomies

These guides will help you better understand what an ostomy is, why it's needed, and how to manage it.

Living with an Ostomy

Get practical tips for managing a tracheostomy, colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy.

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