For information or to make an appointment, please call 401-793-2930.
Ostomy Support Group
Patients with ostomies, and their spouses/caregivers, are invited to attend this support group, which will include educational presentations, product displays, and an opportunity to share with other patients.
The Ostomy Center at The Miriam Hospital promotes and encourages independence through counseling and education, whether your ostomy is temporary or permanent. We provide individualized care, support, and guidance in a confidential environment.
The Care and Support You Need
The Ostomy Center is here to assist patients, families and caregivers during the pre-surgery and post-surgery periods and during times when the ostomy or the surrounding skin need attention.
Our colorectal surgeon, nurse practitioner and wound ostomy continence nurses possess knowledge, skills and expertise in caring for ostomy patients. All are board certified in ostomy care.
If you are a new ostomy patient, you may be concerned that life will not be the same as before your surgery. Work, school, sports, social events – just getting back to normal daily activities with friends and family – can cause fear, frustration and self-consciousness.
We are here to help you move toward independence with your ostomy care and management, choose the ostomy system that works best for you, and talk over the challenges of living with and managing your ostomy.
Patients who have a permanent ostomy sometimes experience different challenges. Changes in weight, activity or body shape are only a few factors that may affect the stoma (the opening in your abdomen) or surrounding skin, causing you to modify your daily routine. We provide expert evaluation and recommendations that will help you maintain your lifestyle.
Whether your ostomy is temporary or permanent, we can help address your problems or concerns and give clear answers to your questions. If you need an annual stoma exam, we are here for you.
At the Ostomy Center, we take a multidisciplinary approach in providing:
- Pre-operative counseling for patients who are to undergo creation of an ileostomy, colostomy, urostomy, or continent diversion. Family members are included in these discussions
- Pre-operative stoma marking to identify the most appropriate location on your abdomen for your ostomy placement
- Post-surgery follow-up for stoma assessment, ostomy appliance evaluation and continued instruction in stoma and skin care
- Evaluation and management of your stoma and surrounding skin
- Annual stoma and skin assessment of lifelong ostomates for changes that may occur with weight loss or gain, or as a result of aging
- Evaluation and treatment of skin rashes, ulcers or wounds that may occur around the stoma
- Fitting of hernia/ostomy support binders
- Creation of customized ostomy appliances for challenging stomas
- Instruction in colostomy irrigation
- Guidance in obtaining your ostomy supplies
What We Ask of You
A physician’s referral to the Ostomy Center is required.
On Your First Visit
- Please bring your current ostomy appliance and any ostomy products you are using. This helps us understand any problems you may be experiencing.
- Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Expect to be with us for 45 minutes to one hour. There is required information we will ask you to provide. We will also have you complete a questionnaire .
- If you are using any over-the-counter or prescription creams, lotions or powders, please bring them with you.
Please bring a spare of the ostomy appliance you use, because that type may not be available at the Ostomy Center.
Please call us at 401-793-2930 if you have any questions or concerns. The fax number at the center is 401-793-2953.
The center is in the Fain Building, Suite C, second floor.