Help for Those Who Have or Will Have Bowel or Urinary Diversion Surgery

If you or someone you love has an ostomy (bowel or urinary diversion) – or been advised by a physician that an ostomy may be required – Mercy Ostomy Care and Support Group can help.

An ostomy surgery may be necessary with colon or bladder cancer, trauma, birth abnormalities or because of inflammatory bowel diseases, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease. There are four types of ostomy surgery: colostomy, ileostomy, urostomy and continent diversion. Many ostomies are temporary, sometimes lasting between three and six months.

At Mercy, we offer a certified ostomy nurse who can evaluate an ostomy and make recommendations for peristomal skin problems and appropriate pouch systems, as well as for pre-operative stoma marking and education. A physician order is required for the visit.

Mercy Ostomy Support Group
Mercy Ostomy Support Group, affiliated with the United Ostomy Association, is dedicated to improving the quality of life by offering support of those who have or will have bowel or urinary diversion surgery. The group is open to ostomy patients and their spouses, partners, caregivers, family and friends. There is no charge to attend this meeting or for group membership. An ostomy nurse is present at every meeting.

The goup meets on the fourth Tuesday during the months of March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December. To learn more about the support group, including meeting times and locations, please call 330-430-2769.