What Is A Stoma?

Stoma is a Greek word meaning ‘mouth’ or ‘opening’. Stoma surgery results in a small opening on the surface of the abdomen being surgically created in order to divert the flow of faeces and/or urine. There are three main types of stoma: colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy. See the Stoma Types section of the website for more detailed information.

With all three types, the person with the stoma has no control over the output and so wears a bag on their abdomen to collect either faeces (colostomy and ileostomy) or urine (urostomy). There are many different types of stoma bag designed to accommodate the various types and shapes of individual stomas, and stoma care accessories to support your bag changing routine.

It might take a while for you to find the right combination of products and accessories, but there is plenty of help at hand. For example, you can call our CliniMed Careline on 0808 1596017 for advice on all aspects of stoma care, including all brands of products and any problems you might be experiencing. Your stoma care nurse (the specialist nurse usually involved in your care) and GP will also offer clinical advice and support where needed.

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