Patient Information


What is an Ostomy?

An ostomy is a surgically constructed opening from the bladder or bowel to the exterior of the body. This means that the urine or stool is “re-routed” to exit through the stoma on the outside of the abdomen. The word “stoma” means opening. Although stomas differ in size and shape, they have many characteristics in common. This web page contains information, which might assist you in understanding some of the background information on different types of ostomies.

What is a Chronic Wound?

A chronic wound is a wound that does not heal in an orderly set of stages and in a predictable amount of time the way most wounds do; wounds that do not heal within three months are often considered chronic.[1]

What is an Acute Wound?

Acute wounds include lacerations, abrasions, avulsions, penetrations or bites, and burn wounds. Acute surgical wounds are the results of surgical incisions made during a surgery.

What is Continence?

Continence is the ability to control bladder or bowel function.

If you have questions about wound, ostomy or continence issues, please contact your local Enterostomal Therapy Nurse.

Colostomy Guide

Ileostomy Guide

Urostomy Guide