Outpatient Ostomy Services - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Outpatient Ostomy Services

Crozer-Keystone offers outpatient services for patients with ostomy management and skin issues. A team of specially trained wound, ostomy, continence (WOC) nurses assists patients in need of specialized care for stoma and peristomal complications and product concerns.

Clinical services include:

  • Feeding tube skin care concerns
  • Fistula pouching
  • Special attention to pouching problems
  • Ongoing support to introduce new products for changing needs
  • Preoperative patient education in ostomy care
  • Special care related to skin issues

What's an Ostomy?

An ostomy is a surgical procedure that connects an area inside the body to the outside. Most often, an ostomy involves part of the bowel or bladder. This connection creates an opening in the skin called a stoma. An ostomy allows stool or urine to be excreted outside the body after digestive or urinary problem requires the surgery.

Ostomies are performed on the large or small intestine, or urinary tract. After surgery, stools or urine drain into an odor-proof pouch attached with adhesive to the skin around the ostomy.

It is important to have someone who specializes in ostomy treatment care for patients  who undergo an ostomy, and to teach them what they need to know. Optimal care and management for ostomy patients can lead to better medical outcomes, faster recovery and a return to normal activities.