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Ostomy Support

Feb 26

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Ostomy Support

According to the United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. “an ostomy causes a change in the way urine or stool exits the body as a result of a surgical procedure. Bodily waste is rerouted from its usual path because of malfunctioning parts of the urinary or digestive system. An ostomy can be temporary or permanent.”

In some cases, when the cancer affects the bowel or the bladder an ostomy may be required. Usually, patients may have concerns or questions about the quality of life especially if their ostomy will become permanent. Adjusting to the “new normal” can take time but there are a lot of resources and support to help you understand how to adjust.  Here are some frequently asked question:

  • Understanding how to change the pouch
  • How much physical activity can they do
  • What kind of ostomy will I have
  • Will insurance pay for the supplies
  • Can I resume my job that was physically demanding
  • How will my relationship be impacted

The link below provides some great resources to connect to support groups, organizations that can provide you will educational knowledge and resources for ostomy bags if you do not have insurance to pay for the supplies. These programs were developed to make sure that no one faces this change alone.

Ostomy

ACS-Ostomy

Ostomy-Emergency Supplies

Ostomy Companies