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UR Medicine Ostomy Services

UR Medicine Ostomy Services provides comprehensive ostomy care. Our holistic approach to care meets each patient’s physical, social and psychological needs. We also collaborate with referring physicians to help ensure the most positive outcomes for the patients we treat.

Services We Provide

Ostomy Services offers expert care, education and support. We provide a full range of services for patients with a stoma (colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy), as well as fistula and tube stabilization management.

Preoperative Services


  • Basic ostomy education and answers to questions such as surgical procedures, living with a stoma, pre- and post-op diets, concerns re: returning to work, etc.
  • Familiarize patients and their families with various types of ostomy appliances and supplies that are available.
  • Assist patients in selecting a reliable pouching system/appliance, keeping their personal needs and choices in mind.

Stoma Site Marking(s):

  • A preoperative assessment of the abdomen is performed to determine the best location for stoma placement (more than one site may be marked).
  • Proper stoma placement helps patients avoid post-op wound and skin complications caused by leakage.

Postoperative Services

Education on Stoma Management:

  • Patients are instructed on self-care, proper hygiene and how to maintain skin health.
  • Patients