Ostomy Care Services

What is an Ostomy?

An ostomy is a surgical procedure that creates an opening for the diversion of waste from the bowel or the bladder. Ostomies are necessary when part or all of the intestine or bladder are removed and may be temporary or permanent. Some conditions that may lead to ostomy surgery include cancer, diverticulitis, polyps, congenital disabilities, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s Disease, and trauma.

What is a Stoma?

A stoma is an artificial opening created by attaching a portion of your bowel to the skin on your abdomen, allowing waste to be transferred to the outside of the body into a bag or pouch. Depending on the procedure, a stoma can be permanent or temporary, but all stomas require special care.
Adjusting to a stoma can be a significant change, requiring not only medical support but emotional support as well. It’s the goal of UT Physicians Colon and Rectal Clinic to ensure that our patients resume everyday life habits, be independent with their stoma care, and have a positive self-image. Our nurses are trained to help patients modify their stoma care and address their comfort, security, and reliability needs.

Understanding the Various Types of Ostomy

ColostomyThere are several different types of ostomy:

Colostomy – A surgically created opening in the abdominal wall that allows the passage of digested food. It may be temporary or permanent, depending upon the portion of the colon involved.

IleostomyIleostomy – A small surgically created opening in the small intestine through which digested food passes. It may be temporary or permanent and may involve the removal of all or part of the colon.