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Learn about anatomy and physiology, stoma types and surgery types
Get a useful overview of the key issues in stoma surgery in this section. There is a quick reference to the anatomy of the urinary and digestive systems involved, the common complications that your patients may encounter after surgery and tips and tools to help.
The Digestive System
The digestive system is one of the body's major organ systems. The digestive tract handles the digestion and processing of food.
The Urinary System
The urinary system is another of the body's major organ systems. The urinary tract is involved in fluid and electrolyte balance, and the excretion of urine.
Different stoma types
Learn about how outward body profiles influence quality of life
Many circumstances contribute in making it difficult for individuals with an outward peristomal body profile to obtain a proper ostomy product fit. Have the needs of people with outward peristomal body profiles been overlooked? Learn more about outward body profiles – incidence and complications.
An unfamiliar body in an unfamiliar land
Profound bodily changes – such as stoma surgery – may leave the patient feeling alienated from their body and their sense of self. In this theme, we explore how stoma surgery impacts a patient’s self-perception – and what you can do to help your patients move from ‘stomaland’ to their new ‘homeland’.