"Ostomy" means artificial opening. An abdominal ostomy is a surgically
created opening on the abdomen from an internal organ. There are several types;
the most common ostomies are:
Ileostomy - an opening from the ileum (part of the small intestine)
Colostomy - an opening from the colon (large intestine)
Urostomy - an opening from a part of the urinary system (kidneys, ureters or
These operations are performed on children and adults of all ages for diseases
such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, familial polyposis, cancer of the
colon or of the bladder, as well as for certain birth defects, neurological
disorders, or accidents. Often, the operation is a life-saving measure.
Rehabilitation and emotional acceptance, which are not easy for many ostomates,
can be achieved better with appropriate help. Throughout the world, there are
hundreds of thousands of ostomates living normal and productive lives.
For more technical information visit the United
Ostomy Associations of America web site.
The Ostomy Association of the Houston Area is one of 450 support groups affiliated
with the United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA).
The purpose of the Houston support group is to aid patients and their families in
the practical and emotional adjustments to an ostomy. We offer rehabilitation
help but do not provide medical advice. Nothing in this site should be
interpreted as medical advice.