While all treatments are performed to improve a patient’s life and health, some also require diet and lifestyle changes as a result of surgery. Enterostomal therapy is one of the treatments offered at Florida Hospital to help patients adjust and thrive with these changes.
Doctors may recommend urostomies or colostomies for some patients with colorectal cancer or other gastrointestinal conditions. When part of the colon needs to be removed, these treatments redirect the intestines to an incision in the abdomen providing drainage for fecal and urinary matter. Before and after surgery, patients must learn to manage the drainage, a task that affects their day-to-day lives and diets.
Enterostomal therapists work with patients to understand the procedure and make the necessary changes to his or her lifestyle. They also manage the long-term care of the wound, fistula, ulcer and skin.
As part of our dedication to providing comprehensive care for the whole person—mind, body and spirit—Florida Hospital offers enterostomal therapy to promote healing and wellness before and after treatment. These are some of the specific enterostomal therapy treatments provided to patients at Florida Hospital:
- Counseling before surgery to answer patient’s questions and prepare patients for the changes and management
- Selection of the stoma site
- Sexual counseling
- Instruction in ostomy care
- Education in dietary and fluid changes and daily ostomy management
- Long term skin, wound, ulcer and fistula care
- Assistance in managing any complications, such as incontinence or immobility