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Ostomy Basics

Ostomy Basics: Your Essential Guide to Ostomy Care

Welcome to Ostomy Basics, your go-to resource for understanding and managing your ostomy with confidence and ease. Whether you're new to the world of ostomy care or looking for reliable information to support a loved one, you've come to the right place.

Here, you'll find a collection of expertly curated instructional videos from

reputable healthcare professionals and organizations.

Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to take charge of your ostomy care, ensuring you lead a healthy and fulfilling life.


What is an ILEOSTOMY

What is a UROSTOMY

What does a normal stoma look like?

A normal stoma is pink or red, moist, and slightly protrudes from the abdomen. It may have a slight amount of mucus or minor bleeding initially after surgery, but it should not be excessively painful or have a foul odor.

By Corstrata, Telemedicine WOC Nurses​

What does normal peristomal skin look like?

Normal peristomal skin is the abdominal skin around your stoma.  It should look like the rest of the skin on your abdomen. It should be smooth and free of redness, irritation, or rashes. Maintaining clean and dry skin around the stoma is crucial to prevent complications.

By Corstrata, Telemedicine WOC Nurses

Coloplast Guide to Healthy Skin: Apply, Remove, Check

What is a WOCN and when to call one?

A WOCN (Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse) is a specialized nurse trained to provide care and support for individuals with ostomies. Call a WOCN if you experience persistent skin irritation, leakage, or if you're having trouble managing your stoma care. They can offer guidance on proper techniques and product use.

Learn more about Corstrata Telemedicine WOC Nurses


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What is an Ostomy?

Your Colostomy/Ileostomy Operation

Emptying a Colsotmy or Ileostomy Pouch

Your Urostomy Operation

Colostomy/Ileostomy Pouching Systems

Changing a Colostomy or Ileostomy Pouch

Urostomy Pouching Systems

Emptying a Urostomy Pouch

Changing a Urostomy Pouch

Clinician and Patient Perspectives

Stoma Basics: Clinician and Patient Perspectives

by Ostomy 101 Inc. Nonprofit

What to expect after ostomy surgery: Clinician and Patient Perspectives

by Ostomy 101 Inc. Nonprofit

Pouching Options: Clinician and Patient Perspectives

by Ostomy 101 Inc. Nonprofit

Tapes and Rings: Clinician and Patient Perspectives

by Ostomy 101 Inc. Nonprofit

Hernias and Belts: Clinician and Patient Perspectives

by Ostomy 101 Inc. Nonprofit

How to Measure Your Stoma

by 180 Medical

Keeping your peristomal skin healthy

by 180 Medical

Application Instructions: Ostomy Pouching System

by 180 Medical

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