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What is an Ostomy?

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, already have had an ostomy, or are taking care of someone who has one, we are here to help.

Types of Ostomies




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