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What is a stoma?

The word stoma originates from the Greek word meaning “mouth” and in Latin meaning “opening”. A stoma is a surgical opening on the abdomen through the skin surface for the purpose of removal of body waste (feces or urine).  A stoma is not a disease!  The stoma is there to relieve you from troubles of diseases, obstruction and pain. 

Don’t be afraid to touch your stoma! In terms of appearance your stoma will be bright red and will look and feel like the skin/mucous membrane and will feel numb to the touch.

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Different types of stoma

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I am a colostomate

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I am an ileostomate

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I am a urostomate