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Stoma Advice

What is a stoma?

A stoma is when a small opening is created on the surface of the abdomen to divert the flow of faeces and/or urine.

Why people have a stoma

It’s thought that more than 25,000 people undergo stoma surgery each year. The most common underlying conditions resulting in stoma formation are colorectal cancer, bladder cancer, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

Living with a stoma

Whatever type of stoma you have, you will want to get your life back to normal after surgery. The discreet and efficient design of stoma bags and care products mean there is no reason why you cannot continue to do all the things you did before.

Over these pages, you’ll find information and practical stoma advice for everyday life.