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A Curated Source of Ostomy Information for Patients And Health Professionals

An ostomy refers to the surgically created opening in the body for the discharge of body wastes. The most common types of ostomies are colostomy, ileostomy, and urostomy.  Every year, thousands of people of all ages have ostomy surgery in the United States. 

Having an ostomy can be a challenging but whether you are about to undergo surgery to have an ostomy, have already had an ostomy or are taking care of someone who has one, we are here to help. This website contains information for patients and healthcare professionals that has been chosen from reliable sources to get you started. 

This site was developed by a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, pharmacists, dietitians, nurse practitioners, nurses and other healthcare professionals working collaboratively to improve care for patients with stomas.

If you have feedback on the website you would like to share, please email us at ostomy@ucsf.edu.

IMPORTANT

Information on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as medical advice specific to any individual patient. Please consult with your physician or other members of your healthcare team for medical advice specific to your case.