What is Ostomy Awareness Day? It’s an awareness commemoration that falls on October 1st this year where we take additional time to help others understand the procedure. This, of course, includes teaching ways to cope with the post-operative lifestyle issues that arise from undergoing an ostomy.
Patients decide to get an ostomy to address many serious digestive problems, including bowel blockage, rectal cancer, colon cancer, bladder cancer, Crohn’s Disease, diverticulitis, incontinence, and serious infection. Ostomy is a surgical procedure where the surgeon makes an incision into the abdomen in order to redirect the small/large intestines. They do this to divert discharge from damaged digestive organs out through a small abdominal opening called a “stoma.”
This lets urine or feces exit into a pouch instead of passing through the latter digestive stages. Modern ostomy supplies, particularly drainable pouches, allow patients to do this in a safe, quick, and sanitary manner.
There are three general variations of the ostomy procedure: colostomy, ostomy, and ileostomy. Physicians may recommend these depending on the specific digestive failures or complications.
Colostomy redirects fecal matter for patients who lack colon function. Urostomy does the same for urine that cannot pass through damaged kidneys, while ileostomy diverts the small intestines from the ileum.
So, how can we raise awareness for ostomy care?
Fortis Medical Products has a twofold mission of raising awareness for ostomy lifestyle issues and addressing those needs with safe, reliable, and effective products. Hopefully, you’ll take advantage of Ostomy Awareness Day and help us raise awareness for this important procedure. If you’d like to learn more, please contact us at 855-550-2600.