What is a stoma?

There is some confusion about what is a stoma and how it relates to ostomies.

The terms ostomy and stoma are general descriptive terms that are often confused and used interchangeably. It should be noted that they do have different meanings. An ostomy refers to the surgically created opening in the body for the discharge of body waste, while a stoma is the actual end of the ureter or small or large bowel that can be seen protruding through the abdominal wall.

The most common types of ostomies include the colostomy and the ileostomy. Colostomy is the surgically created opening of the colon, which results in a stoma. A colostomy is created when a portion of the colon or the rectum is removed and the remaining colon is brought to the abdominal wall. An ileostomy is a surgically created opening in the small intestine, usually at the end of the ileum. The intestine is brought through the abdominal wall to form a stoma. You may develop a stoma from cancer, such as throat cancer, or if your organs developed a medical condition that requires this type of surgery.

Fortunately, there are ways to solve this condition. Generally the stoma is usually covered with a removable pouching system that collects and contains the output for later disposal. The problem is most of the pouches are unsecure and uncomfortable.

We’ve designed new clothing that is not only comfortable, but also keeps your pouches safe and looks aesthetically pleasing. Our ostomy underwear booty short has two front pockets where an ostomy pouch can be placed for security and comfort, while our ostomy wrap also has duel inner pockets inside the wrap, where you can rest your pouch. The material we use is flexible and comfortable. Best of all, we keep your natural curves in mind, so that you’ll look beautiful and vibrant.

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One Response to “What is a stoma?”

  1. Mao Suzuki February 16, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on what is a stoma.

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