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When you live with an ostomy, depend on Essentia Health for sensitive, knowledgeable care. This service is available in Duluth and Brainerd, Minnesota, as well as Fargo, North Dakota.
An ostomy is an opening from an area inside your body to the outside. It’s created by a general surgeon or colorectal surgeon to give waste a new way to leave your body. When you have an ostomy, urine or stool passes through a stoma—the end of your ureter or intestines—to a small pouch attached to your abdomen.
Common types of ostomies include:
Depending on your needs, your ostomy may be temporary or permanent.
Count on the certified wound and ostomy nurses at Essentia to help you adjust to living with an ostomy. Before surgery, meet with a nurse to:
After surgery, your certified wound-ostomy nurse is here to support you and your family or caregivers learn how to live well with a stoma. We’ll show you how to:
Protect your health by following your ostomy care team’s recommendations for follow-up visits. Call your doctor or ostomy nurse if you experience severe cramps, nausea, skin irritation or ulcers, or other complications.