Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Getting ready for ostomy surgery: A fact sheet for adults

About this Fact Sheet:

An ostomy is an opening in your abdomen, created through surgery to allow the removal of waste (stool or urine) from your body. The surgery results in a stoma. An ostomy bag (pouch) is placed over your stoma to collect the waste and protect the skin. Your ostomy may be permanent or temporary.