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Medical Supplies, Ostomy Products | Bedford, TX | About UsWhat is a stoma?

To have a stoma is not a disease in itself, although it does indicate previous serious illness. Cancer is the disease that necessitates 80% of all ostomy surgeries.

The word ostomy refers to the type of surgery required when a person has lost the normal function of the bowel or the bladder. The surgery falls into three general categories:

Colostomy (diverting the large intestine)
Ileostomy (diverting the small intestine)
Urostomy (diverting urine passage)

When someone undergoes ostomy surgery, the surgeon creates a "stoma", or surgical opening, through the abdominal wall. Then, bodily wastes can be expelled into a special appliance attached to the stoma - the kinds of appliances Coloplast makes.

A stoma can be temporary or permanent. About 70% of all people with a stoma undergo colostomy; 18% undergo ileostomy; and 12% undergo urostomy. 

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Medical Supplies, Ostomy Products | Bedford, TX | About Us

At U S Ostomy we carry high-quality 1 piece and 2 piece ostomy systems, ostomy pastes and powders, skin barriers and deodorants. These products are from top ostomy manufacturers such as Hollister, Convatec, Coloplast, Bard and Nu-Hope.

If you have any questions about our ostomy products, feel free to contact us at  (800) 866-3002  or (817) 354-9882  or email us at info@usostomy.com

 

 

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What is a colostomy?

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In colostomy surgery, an artificial opening is created from the large intestine through the skin.

During the operation, the end of the shortened colon is brought to the surface of the abdomen to form the stoma, usually on the left hand side of the abdomen. This is where the faeces will pass from the body. The stoma is moist, pinky red in colour, and protrudes slightly from the abdomen.

Despite being red, there is no sensation in the stoma and it is not painful. Unlike your original passage, there is no sphincter muscle in the stoma. Therefore, you will have no control over your bowels and you will need to wear a bag to collect the faeces.

What is an ileostomy?

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During the operation, part of the ileum is brought to the surface of the abdomen to form a stoma, usually on the right hand side of the abdomen. This is where the faeces will now pass from the body. The stoma is moist, pinky red in colour, and may protrude about an inch from the abdomen.

Despite being red, there is no sensation in the stoma and it is not painful. Unlike your original passage, there is no sphincter in the stoma. Therefore you will have no control over your bowels and you will need to wear a bag to collect the faeces.

The colon absorbs liquid from the bowel contents, but as it has been removed, the output from an ileostomy will be rather liquid.

What is a urostomy?

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A urostomy is the result of an operation which diverts the passage of urine.

One type of urostomy operation is an 'ileal conduit' which is created by detaching the ureters from the bladder and joining them to a short length of the small intestine (ileum).

One end of this section of ileum is sealed off and the other end is brought to the surface of the abdomen to form a small spout - this is the stoma. This is where the urine will come out. It has no muscles to regulate the passage of urine which will need to be collected in a bag.

Another type of urostomy operation is ureterostomy. Using this technique, the surgeon detaches the ureters from the bladder and brings one or both ureters to the surface of the abdomen.

The stoma is moist, pinky red in colour, and protruding slightly from the abdomen. Despite being red, there is no sensation in the stoma and it is not painful.