Ostomy surgery is life altering/body altering but is also life saving. Finding a healthcare professional with specific training in ostomy care is crucial for successful patient outcomes. Resources are also available for healthcare professionals who have not had specialized training in ostomy care or who are in need of more information.
In order to achieve a desirable quality of life, a person undergoing ostomy or continent diversion surgery must have support and access to high-quality care in all healthcare settings throughout the continuum of their care. Ideally counseling and care should be provided by a trained medical professional such as a Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse (WOCN), Ostomy Nurse, Ostomy Care Associate (OCA), or Ostomy Management Specialist (OMS).
Certified Ostomy Nurse Locators:
Find in your local area a Wound, Ostomy and Continence (WOC) Nurse or an Ostomy Management Specialist (OMS).
WOCN Patient Resource Center
A list of many useful resources compiled by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN):
Telemedicine ostomy services help patients receive remote care and are now offered across the country. Living in rural areas, in need of immediate consultation, those who are homebound or far away from outpatient ostomy clinics and certified ostomy nurses shouldn’t prevent ostomy patients from receiving care.
In addition, many manufacturers and suppliers offer personalized ostomy assistance services for both patients and healthcare professionals that can include ostomy nurse clinical support, product support assistance, educational tools and more.
Please note: UOAA does not endorse particular products, manufacturers, or suppliers, and is not responsible for any content expressed in their websites.
United Ostomy Associations of America
P.O. Box 525
Kennebunk, ME 04043-0525
Call us toll-free at: 1-800-826-0826.
Our Information Line hours are Monday-Friday, 9am to 3pm (Wednesday until 2pm) EST. If you have an emergency, please dial 911 or contact your local medical professional.
Please understand that UOAA is a private, nonprofit, advocacy and informational organization. We are not a medical facility and we do not have medical or legal professionals on staff. Therefore, UOAA does not provide Medical, Mental Health, Insurance or Legal Advice.
UOAA is the leading organization proactively advocating on behalf of the ostomy community. Recognizing that we are always stronger together, we encourage everyone to get involved by joining our Advocacy Network. We’ve also created several Advocacy Tools and Resources to help you successfully advocate on behalf of the ostomy community to ensure every ostomate receives quality care.
UOAA does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.