Colostomy: type of ostomy where the large intestine is brought to the abdominal surface through a surgically created opening to eliminate stool.
Ileostomy: type of ostomy where the smalle intestine is brought to the abdominal surface through a surgically created opening to eliminate stool.
Urostomy: a surgically created opening in the abdomen that allows people to eliminate urine.
Ostomy: a general term that encompasses all types of ostomy surgeries.
Internal Deodorant: used to deodorize stool/feces and taken orally. A common product used is Devrom chewable tablets.
Output: refers to stool or urine that exits the body through the stoma.
Skin Barrier: the part of a two piece ostomy appliance system that goes directly onto the skin around the stoma and also attaches to the bag. Also called a faceplate and wafer, this will protect peristomal skin from contact from stomal output.
Bag: also known as a pouch. A general term for the ostomy appliance.
Peristomal: the area of the skin around your stoma. It is very important to maintain the health of the skin around the stoma.
Ostomy Paste: usually a pectin based product used to smooth divots and creases of the skin around the stoma and to protect the peristomal skin. A common product is Stomahesive paste and Adapt Paste .
Standard Wear: a general term for the type of material that makes up the skin barrier. It has different names depending on the ostomy manufacturer. Usually costs less and will have a shorter wear time.
Extended Wear: a general term for the type of material that makes up the skin barrier.
It has different names depending on the ostomy manufacturer. Usually
costs more and will have a longer wear time.
Stool: fecal matter or waste coming from the small intestine and large intestine.
Herniation: when the intestine presses against a weak area of the abdominal muscle. Called a peristomal hernia when this happens close to the stoma. Can be minimized with an ostomy belt. Surgery can also be used in its correction.
One Piece Appliance: comprising of an ostomy bag and a skin barrier as one piece.
Ostomy Absorbent: an ostomy accessory common for ileostomies and used to thicken or gelatinize the pouch contents. Available as a scoop or a packet form i.e. ParSORB Gel Packets .
Ostomy Deodorant: any product that deodorizes the pouch contents. Used by placing the deodorant directly into the bag such as m9, Brava Lubricating Deodorant, and DevKo.
Two Piece Appliance: an ostomy system where the bag and skin barrier are separated. This allows the user to just change the bag when desired.
Closed End Pouch: a type of ostomy bag where there is no opening to empty it. Common to people with colostomies.
Drainable Pouch: an ostomy bag where the bottom part is re-sealable allowing the user to empty when needed.
Tail Closure: a clip used to close drainable ostomy bags.
Resealable Closure: a closure method of drainable ostomy pouches where a hook and loop type method is used.
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