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The Basics

Learn the basics about the digestive system, the different types of stoma and what to expect before ostomy surgery.

Before surgery

Before surgery

Being well prepared can help you to know what to expect before having ostomy surgery.

What is a stoma?

What is a stoma?

A stoma is a surgically created opening in the body that allows faeces or urine either from the intestine or urinary tract to pass. This procedure is often known as ostomy surgery.

You are not alone!

You are not alone!

When you have first had your surgery, you may feel that you are the only person who has ever had a stoma. But you are not alone.

Unsure about some of the terminology? You may find the glossary a good place to start.

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