What is a Stoma?

When you have stoma surgery, an opening called a stoma is created in the abdomen (belly).
Your stoma provides another way for the body’s waste materials (poo or urine) to leave your
body into a waste bag.

The location of the stoma depends upon the type of surgery needed. In the ideal situation, a Stoma Nurse or Therapist will have a consultation with you before your surgery. He or she will explain to you the types of bag options you have and will also ‘size you up” and mark out a position on your body where your stoma will be situated.