Singing River Health System’s Outpatient Ostomy Center provides support services and educational information with a mission to improve health for those needing ostomy surgery. Our goal is to assist patients in adjusting to life with their ostomies and return to their normal activities as quickly as possible.
Ostomy Center Services
Our Outpatient Ostomy Center is comprised of a team of certified ostomy care nurses and specially trained team members for ostomy management and care. The Ostomy Center provides the following services:
- Counseling on stoma care and management – pre/post operative
- Pre-op stoma marking, which ensures the stoma is in the best location for patients to manage after surgery
- Information regarding supplies and products available
- Family and caregiver support and resources to provide an understanding of the condition and necessary lifestyle adjustments
- Management of skin conditions due to improperly-fitted appliances or common skin complications post-surgery
- Continuum of care through coordination with the patient’s primary physician and/or specialty surgeon to ensure the best outcomes
Types of Ostomies
Colostomy: bringing a portion of the large colon to the surface of the skin
Ileostomy: bringing the small intestine to the surface of the skin
Urostomy: removal of the bladder and using a small piece of the small intestine to form a pouch in the abdomen; ureters from the kidney are placed in this pouch for urine with one end being brought to the surface of the skin to form a stoma
Depending on the section of the organ removed and the patient’s condition, ostomies may be temporary or permanent.