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Colostomy (English, Spanish)
A colostomy is a lifesaving surgery that enables a person to enjoy a full range of activities, including traveling, sports, family life and work, even though they have a stoma and may wear a pouching system. This guide covers facts about colostomy surgery, normal digestive systems, types of colostomies and methods of care, colostomy management, colostomy complications and living with a colostomy.
Ileostomy (English, Spanish)
An ileostomy is a life-saving surgery that enables individuals to enjoy a full range of activities including traveling, sports, family life and work, even though they have a stoma and wear a pouching system. They continue to enjoy an expected life span. This guide covers facts about ileostomies, normal digestive system, types of small bowel diversion, management for standard ileostomies, helpful hints, ileostomy complications, and living with an ileostomy.
Ileoanal Reserve (English, Spanish)
When faced with the possibility of an operation for the treatment of bowel disease individuals naturally have many questions and concerns. An understanding of the operative alternatives, expected results and possible complications will assist the patient and the surgeon in choosing the operation best suited to a particular individual. This booklet was written for the patient to help her/him understand the surgical options that are currently available. In particular it focuses on the ileoanal reservoir procedure. This is also commonly known as the “S”, “J” or pelvic pouch procedure. This guide covers the anatomy of a healthy digestive tract, indications for an ileoanal pouch, contraindications for an ileoanal pouch, surgical alternatives, staging, expected outcome, the two stage operations, and ongoing considerations.
Continent Urostomy (English, Spanish)
This guide covers what a continent urostomy is, the urinary tract, before the surgery, the surgery, the stoma, after the surgery, routine care at home, helpful hints, supplies for your continent urostomy, and life with your continent urostomy.
Diet and Nutrition (English, Spanish)
This guide provides some basic information about the effects ostomy surgery has on digestion and food absorption. After healing is complete and the ostomy is functioning normally, most people with ostomies can return to a normal diet. If you have a special diet because of heart disease, diabetes or other health problems, you should ask your doctor about a diet that will work with both that problem and your ostomy.
Sexuality (English, Spanish)
Despite all our differences and regardless of race, creed or culture, every person on this planet has one thing in common. We are all sexual beings. Sex can continue to be (or become) fun and pleasurable. It’s important to our overall emotional and physical sense of feeling okay.
Urostomy (English, Spanish)
For the thousands of people every year suffering from bladder disease, urostomy (urinary diversion) surgery can be the beginning of a new and healthier life. If you have been burdened with a chronic or even life-threatening disease, after your initial recovery period you can look forward to feeling much better, and to resuming the activities you have enjoyed in the past.
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