The Ostomy Clinic at St. Luke's Baptist
Quality Care for an Improved Quality of Life
Located in the Wound Healing Center at St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital, the Ostomy Clinic is an outpatient resource staffed by nurses specially trained in the care and management of ostomies. An ostomy is an artificial, surgically created opening in the body made to allow bodily wastes to drain or discharge.
We understand that an ostomy brings about unique lifestyle challenges and it’s our mission to help improve your quality of life by coordinating all the related services you may need in one convenient outpatient setting.
Our board-certified wound ostomy nurses provide:
- Pre-operative stoma marking to ensure that the stoma is in the best possible location for you to manage care after surgery
- Postoperative teaching and follow-up, including:
- Clinical support and information for you, your family and caregivers to reduce anxiety and increase understanding of the condition and necessary lifestyle adjustments
- Equipment management, troubleshooting and problem solving
- Coordination with community resources
- Full and impartial information to help ensure you and your family have the appropriate ostomy supplies for your individual needs
- Dietitian consult
- Management of skin conditions due to improperly fitted appliances or common skin complications
- Closer coordination of post-surgery care with your primary care doctor or surgeon to promote the best possible outcomes
As consultants, educators and patient advocates, the wound ostomy nurses work with other team members to provide compassionate expert care.
Types of Ostomies
There are several types of ostomies; not all of them discharge waste in the same manner, or require the same type of surgery. The main types are:
- Colostomy, which involves bringing a portion of the large colon to the surface of the skin.
- Ileostomy, which involves bringing the small intestine to the surface of the skin.
- Urostomy, which involves the removal of the bladder and using a small piece of the small intestine to form a pouch in the abdomen. Ureters from the kidney are placed in this pouch for urine, and one end is brought to the surface of the skin to form a stoma.
Contact Us for Care
Living with an ostomy requires careful attention and expertise — that’s why Baptist Health System and the Wound Healing Center at St. Luke’s have developed the Ostomy Clinic, to provide you with the resources and care to improve your quality of life.
If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment for evaluation, contact us at (866) 309-2873.