Having ostomy surgery is a big change in how your body looks and functions. Some people have planned surgeries and some people have emergency surgery that results in an ostomy.
Having the information you need can help you adjust to the “new you”.
If you, or someone close to you, are having surgery, visit our page on preparing for surgery to learn about stoma site marking and where to find a nurse with specialized training to support you after discharge from hospital. Find out whether or not to buy supplies before you go to the hospital, as well as information about the Ostomates’ Charter of Rights.
Anatomy & surgery information
In How does my body work?, you will find information on the urinary and digestive systems. Types of surgery talks about the different types of ostomies (small bowel, large bowel or urinary) and types of stomas covers the different ways the surgeon makes a stoma.
After surgery answers common questions people have once they are home from hospital. These include changes you will see in your stoma, questions about showering and baths, and returning to your regular schedule.